HC Deb 23 March 1959 vol 602 c82W
28. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Paymaster-General the present rate of production of coal in the South West Division of the National Coal Board.

Sir I. Horobin

So far this year, an average of 447,000 tons per week.

29. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Paymaster General the estimate of the level of demand that the National Coal Board is working to in the current coal year; and what is the current rate of production.

Sir I. Horobin

Performance so far is consistent with the estimates for 1959 I gave in the debate on 3rd December last. These envisaged a fall in demand to 200 million tons and a reduction in coal output to about 203 million tons.

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