HC Deb 10 February 1958 vol 582 cc20-1
43. Mr. John Hall

asked the Paymaster-General what was the total coal production, including opencast, and the output per man-shift in 1957.

Sir I. Horobin

The figures are 223.6 million tons and 1.23 tons, respectively.

Mr. Hall

Would not my hon. Friend agree that this rather disappointing increase, which has not varied very much in the last three or four years, is a reflection of the failure of the National Coal Board to do its job effectively, despite the increasing amount of capital being spent in the industry?

Sir I. Horobin

I do not think that anybody, including the Coal Board, is satisfied with the progress in increasing production, but I do not think I can usefully say anything more in answer to a supplementary question.