§ 71. Mr. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the comparative figures for deep-mined coal production, and for coal exports, for five calendar months to 31st May, 1952, and for five calendar months to 31st May, 1953, on the nearest dates that can provide a reliable basis for statistical comparison; and to what extent the prospective loss of 4,500,000 tons arising from the miners' second week's holiday and the Coronation holiday, both in 1953, have been made good by any excess of coal production in the first five calendar months of 1953 over production during the equivalent period in 1952.
§ Mr. Joynson-Hicks
During the first 20 weeks of this year, deep-mined output of coal has been 86.1, and total exports 7W 5.3 million tons, compared with 85.2 and 3.9 million tons respectively in the corresponding weeks of last year. Production during the last few weeks has shown an improvement, but it is too early to say how far the loss of output due to the additional holidays will be made good.