HC Deb 01 December 1930 vol 245 cc1799-800

asked the Secretary for Mines the financial relief per ton of coal that the derating scheme has brought to the coal-mining industry?

The SECRETARY for MINES (Mr. Shinwell)

On the information at present available it is estimated that the direct relief to the coal-mining industry due to the de-rating of colliery undertakings represents about 3d. per ton of coal disposable commercially. The sum allowable in rebates to selected coal traffics under the Freight Relief Scheme during the year ended 30th September, 1930, was just under £3 million: but inasmuch as these rebates are accorded to the person paying the carriage charges, it is not possible to say what proportion has accrued directly to the coal-mining industry.

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