HC Deb 08 May 1928 vol 217 cc159-60
13. Mr. W. M. WATSON

asked the Secretary for Mines the total amount paid as local rates and the amount paid to royalty owners in each mining county in Scotland by coal companies; and the rates, or amount per ton, on output during the latest available six months?

Commodore KING

Information is only available for Scotland as a whole. The estimated amount of local rates payable in respect of the six months ended March, 1928, was £108,000, or 1.46d. per ton of saleable output, and of royalties, £453,000, or 6.13d. per ton.


Why is it impossible for the hon. and gallant Member's Department to give the specific amounts for each local authority's area in all the Scottish coalfields, instead of merely a lump sum for the entire country?

Commodore KING

Because we have not the information, which is not supplied to us.


Is it not a simple thing for each local authority in every coalfield in Scotland to give the specific information for its own area?