HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 c62W
Mr. Harold Walker

asked the Minister of Power if he will state, for each division of the National Coal Board, the output last year of each of the categories A, B and C defined in connection with pit closures.

Mr. Frederick Lee

The figures for saleable output during the Board's last financial year 1964–65 are as follows:

Division M. tons M. tons M. tons
Scotland 8.0 2.7 3.7
Northumberland 16.5 6.7 6.8
North West 7.0 1.8 3.1
Yorkshire 36.5 3.9 2.5
East Midlands 39.2 1.9 4.4
West Midlands 10.8 2.4 0.3
Southwestern 11.7 3.4 3.0

Collieries which have closed since 28th March, 1964, have been excluded in arriving at these figures. The collieries in Kent have not been classified; their saleable output was 1.5 million ons.

There are many new and expanding pits in Category A which can increase production as required to meet demand.