HC Deb 03 February 1958 vol 581 c130W
65. Mr. Mason

asked the Paymaster-General what measures are at present contemplated to increase the output of large coal; to what extent they will interfere with the mechanisation of mines programme; and what is his estimate of the annual tonnage demand for large coal.

Sir I. Horobin

The board's measures include closer attention to shot-firing; the use in the collieries and seams important for large coal of the power loaders which cause least degradation; the development of machines minimising degradation; and improved preparation and handling. The annual demand for large coal at present is roughly 50 million tons.

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