§ 38. Mr. PERRY
asked the Secretary for Mines the amount of profit per ton in the Nottinghamshire coalfield for the March quarter, 1931, of which amount it is estimated that 4.64d. per ton was due to reduced production costs attributable to the Coal Mines Act, 1930; and if he will give similar figures for each ascertainment district?
§ Mr. SHINWELL
I understand that the figure of 4.64d. per ton represents the difference between the costs of production in the March quarters of 1930 and 1931 on the basis of the tonnage raised and weighed at the pit-head. I have no information which enables me to state whether this reduction is due to the operation of the Coal Mines Act, 1930, or to other causes. Three other districts showed also a reduction in production costs in March quarter, 1931, compared with the March quarter, 1930.