HC Deb 04 December 1978 vol 959 c473W
36. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, in view of the fact that the United Kingdom imports considerable quantities of agricultural products from the EEC, the price of some of which is far above world prices, he will enter discussions with member States with a view to their importing more coal from the United Kingdom and to reducing the imbalance of trade with EEC countries and at the same time improving morale in the British mining industry.

Mr. Benn

An increase in exports to the Community would be welcome; and both the National Coal Board in its commercial negotiations and I myself in discussion with EEC Ministers will do everything possible to pursue this.

Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many tons of coal were imported by the other eight members of the EEC from the time that the

(million tonnes of coal or coal equivalent)
Coal* Nuclear Electricity Petroleum
January to September 1977 91.8 10.9 99.0
January to September 1978 87.3 10.1 102.2
Percentage change -4.9 -7.0 +3.2
*Colliery disposals to final users plus consumption by other fuel producers.
†Refinery throughput of crude oil, plus net foreign trade and stock change in petroleum products, ess deliveries of non-energy products.

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