§ MR. HARTSHORN
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the quantity of coal used for bunker in coastwise trade; the average price paid at present; and the amount of reduction per ton which will take place on Monday next?
§ Sir A. GEDDES
The average monthly quantity of coal used for bunkering ships in the coastwise trade from April, 1919, to October, 1919, inclusive, was 109,168 tons; the average present price of such bunkers is estimated at about 60s. per ton; and it is proposed to reduce this figure to about 32s. 6d. or 35s. per ton f.o.b. for unscreened bunker coal, according to the district from which the coal is drawn.