§ Mr. George Grant
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the present average price of British mined coal.
§ Mr. Tom Boardman
Price statistics are not available. The National Coal Board's report and accounts for the year ending 31st March 1973 give an average value of £7 a ton for all NCB production. The NCB increased its prices by 7½ per cent. in July 1973 for all but domestic fuels which accounted for some 15 per cent. of consumption last year.