HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 c32W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much of the coal raised in the Ruhr has been exported to France, Belgium and Holland, respectively, during the 18 months ended 31st December, 1946; and what was the total of electricity exported to the same countries in the same period.

Mr. J. Hynd

The figures are as follow:

Hard Coal. Brown Coal Briquettes. Electricity (for year 1946 only).
(metric tons). (metric tons). (kwh.).
France 2,139,000 851,000 743,857,000
Belgium 2,127,000 496,000 195,247,000
Holland 1,794,000 413,000 47,721,000


(i) The hard coal figures cover exports from the Ruhr and other coalfields in the British zone; the brown coal briquettes were exported from the Cologne coalfield.

(ii) Electricity is not exported direct to France but only to the French zone; France, however, receives more electricity from the French zone than the French zone imports from the British zone. The figure given is for the electricity exported from the British zone to the French zone in 1946 no figures are available for 1945.