HC Deb 20 March 1950 vol 472 c81W
6. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the total cost up to the last available date of opencast mining; the total income derived from the sale; and the net cost per ton of the fuel produced.

Mr. Noel-Baker

My Department took control of the opencast mining of coal on 1st April, 1945. It is estimated that from that date until 31st March, 1950, the cost, including establishment charges, depreciation, overheads, compensation, and restoration of the ground, will amount to £117,300,000. The revenue will amount to £103,500,000. The average cost per ton over the five years has been 44s. 10d.

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