§ Sir S. Summers
asked the Paymaster-General what would be the resultant annual saving to the finances of the National Coal Board if production of the most expensive 10 million tons of annual output were stopped; and what type of coal would be affected.
§ Sir I. Horobin
The latest figures available are for 1956 when the National Coal Board estimate that the saving would have been about £14 million, representing some 2 million tons of anthracite, 4 million tons of carbonisation coals and 4 million tons of general-purpose coals. In that year however home production could not have been so substantially reduced without resort to more costly imports.