HC Deb 04 March 1924 vol 170 cc1208-9W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can give the prices of kitchen coal in London now and in 1913; and whether he can give the pithead prices of each year since 1913, and state how the increase of about 150 per cent. is accounted for?


The retail prices of kitchen coal in Central London were, in 1913, 27s. a ton for best kitchen, and 25s. for kitchen nuts; and are now 52s. and 49s., increases of 92 per cent. and 96 per cent. respectively. I regret that statistics of the pit-head prices of these classes of coal are not recorded. The hon. and gallant Member will find in a Report made in 1922 by a sub-committee of the Coal Advisory Committee a comparative analysis, as between pre-War and post-War, of all the items that enter into the retail price of various classes of domestic coal, including kitchen nuts. I will send him a copy.