HC Deb 19 April 1937 vol 322 cc1424-5
50. Mr. Daggar

asked the Secretary for Mines the average output per person employed in South Wales and Monmouthshire; and also the average wages paid per person in 1936?

The Secretary for Mines (Captain Crookshank)

During the year ended 31st January, 1937, the average output of saleable coal per wage-earner employed in mines in South Wales and Monmouthshire was 271 tons, and the average cash earnings per person employed during the same period was £126. The average value of allowances in kind was £2 19s. 4d. per wage-earner.

52. Mr. Daggar

asked the Secretary for Mines the quantity of coal produced in Great Britain, the quantity per person employed below ground, and the amount per person employed for the years 1929 to 1936, respectively?

Captain Crookshank

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

The information is as follows:

Great Britain.
Year. Output of Saleable Coal. Output of Saleable Coal per Wage-earner employed.
Below-ground. Above- and Below-ground.
Tons. Tons. Tons.
1929 257,906,802 338 275
1930 243,881,824 330 267
1931 219,458,951 320 258
1932 208,733,140 323 260
1933 207,112,243 335 268
1934 220,726,298 358 286
1935 222,248,822 370 295
1936 228,448,356 383 304

54. Mr. Batey

asked the Secretary for Mines the number of coal mines producing coal in County Durham during 192o and 1937; also the number of miners employed during the same periods?

Captain Crookshank

In 1920, 256 mines produced coal in Durham and the average number of wage-earners employed was 171,600. At the beginning of April, 1937, there were 199 mines and 112,800 wage-earners.