HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 c60W
47. Sir E. Bullus

asked the Minister of Power how many pit ponies are at present used in coal mines; what is the average length of stay underground; and at what rate is the phase-out of these animals proceeding.

Mr. Freeson

The National Coal Board at present uses about 2,500. Their average working life is from ten to fifteen years. I am informed by the Board that their use underground will have virtually ceased by 1970.

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