HC Deb 15 March 1976 vol 907 cc387-8W
Mr. Woof

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the financial value of the coal that is at present held in stocks.

Mr. Eadie

The value of current total recorded coal stocks is estimated to be approximately £520 million.

Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps are being taken by EEC countries to import and thereby reduce the surplus stocked coal in Great Britain.

Mr. Eadie

Because of the world economic situation coal stocks have for some time been at high levels in most European countries. But we exported just under 2 million tons to the EEC countries in 1975, a figure that compares well with exports in previous years. The National Coal Board is currently making every effort to secure new sales for the

Field Type Platform Contractors Yard/Site Installation
Brent D Concrete Ellefsen/Aker/Selmer Stavanger 1976
Claymore Steel U.I.E Cherbourg 1976
Dunlin Concrete ANDOC Rotterdam 1977

The orders for the two concrete platforms were placed before the United Kingdom established adequate capacity to produce this type of platform. The steel platform was ordered in 1974 when United Kingdom capacity was stretched with orders already in hand. At the time that the steel platform was ordered two similar orders were placed in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Litterick

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many oil production platforms have so far been located in British North Sea oilfields.

Mr. John Smith

Ten, as follows:

future in the expectation of an up-turn in demand for coal when the current recession ends.

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