HC Deb 29 June 1967 vol 749 cc119-20W
33 and 34. Mr. Webster

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1) what is the estimated likely future output of coal as set out in the National Plan brought up to date;

(2) what is the estimate of the future amount of coal likely to be conveyed by rail in the 1970's as set out in the National Plan brought up to date.

Mr. Shore

As my right hon. Friend the Minister of Power told my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Rose) on 6th June, future levels of coal production and demand are being considered in the current review of fuel policy. I must ask the hon. Gentleman to await the report on this aspect of national economic planning which my right hon. Friend has promised to give the House before the Summer Recess. The amount of coal to be carried by rail depends, of course, largely on the level of consumption.—[Vol. 747, c.175.]