HC Deb 18 February 1980 vol 979 cc46-7W
Mr. Cunliffe

asked the Secretary of State for Trade how much coal was imported in the year ended 31 December 1979, by country of origin; and what was the average price per tonne of coal imported from each country.

Tonnes Average value per tonne (£'s cif)
Total 4,375,483 31.45
of which consigned from:—
Australia 2,140,590 27.64
United States of America 1,027,262 34.26
Poland 657,823 29.38
Federal Republic of Germany 228,688 53.19
Soviet Union 64,622 40.36
Irish Republic 58,366 30.02
China 58,064 25.87
Netherlands 43,740 32.39
South Africa 37,545 37.84
Morocco 33,597 51.65
Belgium-Luxembourg 25,176 52.70
France 10 68.80
(a) Details by country of origin are not readily available and would not identify the country of production if the coal was subsequently processed elsewhere (e.g. washed, screened and graded).
(b) Values per tonne, derived from the Overseas Trade Statistics, are not true prices; they are influenced by differences in the type and quality of the coal imported.