HC Deb 14 November 1955 vol 546 cc24-5
41. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the average working life of pit ponies; and how many ponies working in pits in England, Scotland and Wales, are over 11 years old.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

I regret that the information is not available, but the National Coal Board estimate that the working life of a pony is from 10 to 15 years.

Wing Commander Bullus

Could my right hon. Friend say how many invitations have been issued by the National Coal Board to responsible persons to adopt aged ponies which have served their time underground?

Mr. Lloyd

No, not without notice.