§ Mr. John Moore
At 2.43 tonnes, overall output per manshift in National Coal Board deep mines in the four-week period to 22 November 1980 was just over 2 per cent. above the level in the corresponding period in 1979.
§ Mr. Welsh
Is the Minister aware that for mining to continue to increase productivity it must have increasing investment? Will he therefore assure us that any increased expenditure for the National Coal Board resulting from the second Social Security Act will be over and above the borrowing powers allowed in the Coal Industry Act?
§ Mr. Moore
I shall obey your injunctions, Mr. Speaker, and try to answer one question. Increased productivity comes from many different factors. One must compliment it. However, I remind the hon. Gentleman that capital investment in the coal industry this financial year is in excess of £800 million, which is matched by the miners' excellent work in increasing productivity.