HC Deb 19 November 1956 vol 560 c56W
Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many pit ponies were employed in the mines of this country at the latest available date; and when he expects it will be possible to dispense with their use.

Mr. Aubrey Jones

11,876 on 30th June, 1956, in mines under the Coal Mines Act, 1911. The number of ponies employed is falling steadily but they still perform a very useful function in the industry and it will not be possible to dispense with them for a long time to come.