HC Deb 02 November 1973 vol 863 c37W
Mr. Rost

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what tonnage of coal is now in stock with the Coal Board; how much is in storage at power stations; and what is the estimated reserve in store with coal merchants.

Mr. Emery

At 13th October 1973, the National Coal Board held 13.4 million tons and power stations 20.1 million tons. No statistics are available for merchants' stocks, which are estimated to be about 1.5 million tons, roughly equivalent to five winter weeks' supply to households.