HC Deb 30 June 1952 vol 503 cc6-7W
58. Mr. Robson-Brown

asked the President of the Board of Trade the average exports of coke, excluding manufactured fuel and metallurgical coke, to Denmark for the combined years 1937 to 1939, inclusive, as compared with the years 1949 to 1951, inclusive.

Mr. Mackeson

Exports of metallurgical coke are not recorded separately in the trade returns. United Kingdom exports of coke of all kinds (including breeze) to Denmark in 1937 to 1939 averaged 993,000 tons, valued at £1,385,000 a year, and were 941,000 tons, value £4,214,000 in 1949, 1,043,000 tons, value £4,215.000 in 1950 and 296.000 tons, value £1,001,000 in 1951. These figures exclude manufactured fuel. The pre-war average includes exports to the Faroe Islands which at that time were included with Denmark in the trade returns. Trade with the Faroe Islands is now recorded separately and exports of coke to them were 1,622 tons, value £8,582, in 1949, 2,863 tons, value £13,803 in 1950 and 2,226 tons, value £12,569, in 1951.

59. Mr. Robson-Brown

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the authorities in Denmark are constructing coke ovens which they intend to operate with coking coal from Poland to the detriment of the exports of coke from this country; and if he will make representations to the Danish authorities to forgo this proposal in the interests of future reciprocal trade and friendship between this country and Denmark.

Mr. Mackeson

The only new coke oven of which we are aware is the one at Aarhus. The plant was supplied by a United Kingdom firm; and, whatever the source from which the operators will buy their coking coal, we see no grounds on which we could properly intervene with the Danish authorities as regards the construction of coke ovens in Denmark.