§ Mr. McGuire
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the total amount of coal imports from December, 1970, up to the miners' strike, and the total amount since the miners' strike, giving in each case the category, the average price per ton landed and the average price per ton retail.
§ Mr. Mason
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will consider ending coal imports on open general licence, in view of the adverse effects that coal imports are having on the discussions between the National Coal Board and the National Union of Mineworkers on the need to increase productivity in British coal mines: and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Emery
Following is the information:
Average value(c.i.f.)per ton of imported coal* United Kingdom pithead prices per ton(range) £ £ Year 1971 9.42 4.50–17.50 January to April 1972 9.66 4.50–19.00 * The average values quoted above are not true prices as they are influenced by varying qualities of coal, transport costs and other factors.
§ Mr. Emery
For the period December, 1970 to April, 1972, 7.2 million tons of coal were imported, and the average cif values per ton were:
£ Norway … … … 21.64 West Germany … … … 18.46 Netherlands … … … 10.65 Belgium … … … 17.43 France … … … 14.07 Irish Republic … … … 10.23 Poland … … … 9.34
Czechoslovakia … 12.27 South Africa … 34.82 Australia … 8.57 Canada … 12.18 United States of America … 9.29
The average values quoted above are not true prices as they are influenced by varying qualities of coal, transport and other factors.