HC Deb 13 March 1928 vol 214 cc1706-7

asked the Secretary for Mines what was the amount of coal raised in Durham for the years 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927; and the cost per ton for wages and for expenditure, other than wages, and the amount paid to royalty owners, in those years in the county of Durham?

Commodore KING

As the answer involves a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.


May I have an answer in regard to the amount paid to royalty owners?

Year. Quantity of Saleable Coal raised in Durham. Wages per ton disposable commercially. Costs other than Wages per ton disposable commercially. Estimated amount of Royalties.
Tons. s. d. s. d. £
1923 38,217,862 12 6 999,000
1924 36,689,491 12 9 6 0 918300
1925 31,493,011 11 10 5 810,900
1926 14,136,418* Not available.
1927 34,600,000† 9 5 5 864,000
* The production of coal was affected by a protracted dispute.
† Provisional figure.

NOTES.—(1) The tonnage on which the figures of costs per ton are calculated is the tonnage disposable commercially and represents only 93–94 per cent. of the output of saleable coal, the remaining 6–7 per cent. being accounted for by coal consumed under colliery engines or supplied to workers.

(2) The amounts shown for Royalties represent the amounts payable in respect of the periods named and include the rental value of freehold minerals where worked by the proprietor.