HC Deb 15 December 1958 vol 597 c144W
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.