HC Deb 21 July 1969 vol 787 cc305-6W
Sir J. Eden

asked the Minister of Power what, in percentage terms, was coal's share of the United Kingdom energy market for 1964 and for each subsequent year to the present time; and if he will show how this compared with the position of coal in the energy markets of West Germany, France, Holland, Japan and the United States of America, respectively, from information available to him from international sources.

Mr. Freeson

On the basis adopted by the European Economic Community— which differs slightly from that normally used in this country—coal's percentage share of total energy consumption in the United Kingdom, West Germany, France and Holland is as follows:—

1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
U.K 69 65 60 56 55
West Germany 63½ 58 52 49½ 47
France 45½ 40 36½ 35 33
Holland 39 32½ 27½ 23½ 20

For Japan and the U.S.A. figures are only available up to 1966 and are on the basis used in statistical publications of the United Nations.

Japan 40 37 35
U.S.A. 24 24 24