HC Deb 05 December 1967 vol 755 c256W
Mr. G. Elfed Davies

asked the Minister of Power what study he has made, in consultation with the National Coal Board, of the prospects of increasing exports of coal to Europe, created by the devaluation of the £ sterling.

Mr. Freeson

The National Coal Board hopes, within the next three years or so, to increase exports by perhaps 2 million tons to 3 million tons, to reach an annual rate of 4 million to 5 million tons. The immediate scope is however limited by coal import restrictions in several countries, and by contracts outstanding between overseas buyers and other producers.