HC Deb 12 April 1927 vol 205 cc169-70

asked the Secretary for Mines what was the amount of coal raised from the mines in the County of Durham for the months of February and March of this year, and the corresponding months of the years 1914, 1925 and 1926, together with the pit-head selling prices for the like periods?

Colonel LANE FOX

During February and March, 1914, it is estimated that the output of coal in Durham was 6,679,000 tons. The corresponding figures for the years 1925, 1926 and 1927 were 5,585,000, 5,893,000 and 6,140,000, respectively. Monthly figures of pithead prices were not collected in 1914, but it is estimated that for the year as a whole the average pit-head price of all coal disposed of com mercially in Durham was, approximately, 11s. per ton; the average figure for February and March, 1925, was 17s. 6½d., and for 1926, 13s. 9¾d. In February, 1927, it was 15s. 7¼d.; the figure for March, 1927, is not yet available.