HC Deb 03 May 1966 vol 727 cc1417-8
38. Mr. Dickens

asked the Minister of Power if he is aware that current manpower and output trends in the coalmining industry will result in the production of 130 million tons of deep-mined coal in 1970–71, compared with a demand of 170 to 180 million tons forecast for that year in the National Plan; and what action he will take to deal with this matter.

The Minister of Power (Mr. Richard Marsh)

In consultation with the Chairman of the National Coal Board, I shall be giving close attention to the implications of current manpower and output trends in the coal industry. I have not yet formed a considered judgment about their significance in terms of the demand for coal forecast in the National Plan.