§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Minister of Agriculture what has been the annual consumption of coal and other fuels by the horticultural industry during the past three years; what percentage of this consumption has been used in the production of tomatoes and cucumbers in heated glasshouses; and what has been the cost of such fuel in each case.
Mr. T. Williams
I have no detailed information, but the total fuel consumption of the glasshouse industry is estimated to be of the following order:
Thousands of tons — 1948–49 1949–50 1950–51 Coal, including anthracite 430 370 380 Coke 80 130 120 Fuel Oil 6 7 12 Total 516 507 512
The percentage of the consumption used in the production of tomatoes and cucumbers in heated glasshouses in each of these years is approximately 90 per cent., 87 per cent. and 82 per cent. The information asked for in the last part of the Question cannot be given as the cost of the fuel used varies considerably on different holdings and in different parts of the country.