18. Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will issue a general direction to the National Coal Board to ensure that adequate supplies of smokeless fuel are available this winter.
§ 23. Mr. John H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are now the stocks of all the main grades, including smokeless fuels and solid fuels, respectively, and in total; how this figure compares with a year ago; what is the rate of production of each grade and in total; and how this compares with use and consumption.
§ 42. Mr. Biffen
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the estimated current level of pithead and distributed coal stocks; and how these compare with the corresponding period a year earlier.
§ Mr. Eadie
Following is the information:
The estimated level of coal stocks as at 9th November 1974 are as follows:
million tons NCB (undistributed) … 6.1 Power Stations … 13.6 Coke ovens … 1.7 Other distributed … 0.2 Total distributed … 15.5
The levels at the corresponding period last year—10th November 1973—were as follows:
NCB (undistributed) … 12.9 Power stations … 19.1 Coke Ovens … 2.0 Other distributed … 0.3 Total distributed … 21.4