HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 c321W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the latest subsidy per ton of coal produced in the United Kingdom and in each of the coal producing countries in the EEC.

Mr. Eadie

The following are the overall levels of aid to Community coal industries proposed by member Governments for 1975—1975–76 for the United Kingdom—and approved by the Commission:

Total aid proposed Per metric ton of coal produced
£m £
Belgium 57 7.0
France 100 4.3
Germany 195 1.9
United Kingdom 47 0.4

The figures reflect the wide variations in conditions, costs and prices between the four national coal industries, and different methods of financing investment and social provisions.

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