§ 73. Mr. Hamilton
asked the Paymaster-General how many pits classified as uneconomic are currently producing coal in Scotland, England and Wales, respectively; and to what extent these figures are related to the recently announced policy on the closure of such pits.
§ Sir I. Horobin
The Board is at all times operating some pits at a profit and others at a loss. Pits frequently move from one category to the other and no useful conclusion can be drawn from the numbers of pits working at a loss at any given time. The 36 pits which the National Coal Board intends to close down during 1959 are all highly uneconomic.