HC Deb 01 December 1958 vol 596 cc91-2W
58. Mr. Braine

asked the Paymaster-General in view of the Government's responsibility for financing the capital requirements and possible deficits of the National Coal Board, whether he will publish an estimate of the Board's net surplus or deficiency during the current year if there was no opencast production, having regard to the performance of deep mines and opencast workings during the first half of 1958.

Sir I. Horobin

No. This would be an impossible exercise in view of the hypothetical assumptions that would have to be made about the replacement of the opencast production, particularly of large coal.

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