HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 c190W
Major Peter Roberts

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how much of the capital outlay on machinery for opencast coal-mining has been expended through purchases or loans from abroad, and how much of this has been in dollar currency.

Mr. Shinwell

All the machinery obtained from abroad for opencast coal mining has been purchased in the U.S.A. Apart from supplies received under Lend-Lease, orders for machinery so far placed by the Ministry amount to approximately £200,000.