6. Brigadier Clarke
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how the profits on exported coal compare with the losses on coal he imports into Britain.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
At present the loss on coal imported by the National Coal Board exceeds the premium on the coal which it exports by about 30s. a ton.
Does not my right hon. Friend realise that he will get nowhere with his present coal policy and that he will finish up by bankrupting the country?
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
Does the Minister realise that the position is even worse in the North of Scotland? Is it not very unfair that certain citizens should have to pay more for coal than others? Will the Minister arrange a flat rate for coal all over this island?
§ 16. Mr. Warbey
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the loss on coal imported into Great Britain for each of the years 1947 to 1954 and for 1955 to date.
§ Mr. Warbey
As only seven or eight figures are involved, surely the Minister could give them now—or is he anxious to conceal the fact that if he gave the figures they would show that the greater part of the National Coal Board's alleged 1554 accumulated deficit is due to the fact that it has had to bear the losses on imported coal? Will he relieve the National Coal Board of this crazy Alice-in-Wonderland financial structure which burdens it?
§ Following are the figures:
|Loss to the National Coal Board on coal imported into Great Britain|
|1955 (January-June) Estimate||11,500,000|