HC Deb 21 August 1945 vol 413 cc456-7W
Mr. Douglas

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what quantity of coal has been exported from Great Britain during the current year and to what destinations.

Mr. Shinwell

During the six months ending June, 1945, most of the coal exported, other than low quality coal of little use in this country, was consigned on military account and as such detailed figures are not available, but the total amounted to 1,591,000 tons. In addition, the following quantities, which were comprised mainly of low quality coal or coal for bunkers abroad, were exported during the above period:

Eire 430,442
Gibraltar 61,807
British West Africa 80,230
Canada 11,212
Other British Countries 4,530
Iceland 25,211
Faroe Islands 2,751
Portugal 42,815
Spain 3,726
Morocco 87,011
French West and Equatorial Africa 29,649
Argentine 2,001
Algeria 181,507
Tunis 44,348
Italy 3,508
Sweden 140
Other Foreign Countries 18,067
Total 1,028,955

Mr. Warbey

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many tons of coal were exported from the United Kingdom to Spain during each of the 12 months ended July, 1945.

Mr. Shinwell

During the 12 months ended June, 1945, low quality coal of little use in this country was exported to Spain as follows: 1,686 tons in November, 1944; 3,726 tons in June, 1945. The Official Trade Returns for July, 1945, are not yet available.