HC Deb 06 April 1927 vol 204 cc2075-6
95. Mr. BATEY

asked the Secretary for Mines if he can give the latest figures of the pit-head prices of coal in each coalmining district; and the retail price of coal sold in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and Sheffield?

Colonel LANE FOX

As the reply to this question involves a statistical statement, I will circulate the information in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


Has the right hon. Gentleman any information about the reported reduction of 5s. a ton by firms outside the ring, in London? If not, is he taking steps to investigate this matter, and to see how such a thing can be done?

Colonel LANE FOX

I do not think that arises out of this question.

Following are the statistics promised;

Particulars of pithead prices for the first quarter of this year are not at present in the possession of my Department, but as soon as they are available, which depends to some extent on the ascertainment arrangements in the various districts, they will be published in the usual way.

The Coal Merchants' Federation have supplied my Department with the following particulars in regard to present retail prices in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield:

Per ton
s. d.
Description of coal. Best Silkstone 51 0
Best Derby Brights 51 0
Best Bright House 50 0
Best Kitchen 48 0
Best Nuts 48 0
Best Cobbles 47 0
Hard Cobbles 44 6
Kitchen Nuts 43 6
Stove 39 0
Anthracite Nuts 85 0

Best Parlour 37 6
Good House 36 0
Kitchen Coal 33 0
Best Coal 49 0
Medium quality 43 6
Kitchen Coal 38 0
Per cwt.
s. d.
Selected Coal 2 3
Best Coal 2 1
Kitchen Coal 1 10

An extra charge of 2s. 6d. per ton is made for delivery in bags.

Per cwt.
s. d. s. d.
House Coal in bags (according to quality) 1 5 to 1 9