§ Mr. LOUGHER
asked the Minister of Transport if he will give figures showing the increase in coal traffic recorded by the chief railways of the United Kingdom 2328W from August until December, 1925, compared with the corresponding period of 1924?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
The tonnages of coal, coke and patent fuel originating on the systems of the four principal railway companies in Great Britain during each of the six months in the latter half of 1925 and during the corresponding months of 1924 were as follow:
1925. 1924. Tons. Tons. July 17,275,880 16,292,608 August 11,921,983 15,316,305 September 14,283,776 16,668,360 October 16,090,947 17,234,676 November 16,109,316 16,630,828 December 17,814,943 17,409,983 Total six months 93,496,845 99,552,760 Decrease 6,055,915 tons = 6.08 per cent.