§ Mr. Brooks
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of basic industries of the following categories operating in the years 1925 and 1931; collieries, ironstone mines, blast furnaces, steel producing plants, coke ovens and shipyards, respectively.
§ Mr. Dalton
The numbers are as follow:
Description. 1925. 1931. Collieries— Number of mines at work in Great Britain 2,721 2,243 Ironstone Mines— Number in operation in Great Britain 52 46 Blast Furnaces— Average number of furnaces in blast in United Kingdom 151 74 Coke Ovens— Number in use in Great Britain 10,416 6,221
I regret that the information regarding steel producing plants and shipyards is not available.