§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of recoverable United Kingdom coal deposits is in Wales; and how many pits and how many workers in those pits there were in 1947, 1964, 1974 and 1981, respectively.
§ Mr. John Moore
The NCB estimates that national recoverable coal reserves are about 45 billion tonnes. However, the board is unable to give a geographical breakdown because of the difficulty in estimating for several hundred years ahead the precise location from which coal will be mined. This will depend on technical, economic and other considerations.
The numbers of pits and workers in these pits in Wales since 1949, the earliest year for which comparable data is available, are as follows:
1949 1963/4 1973/4 1980/81 Number of pits 188 108 51 36 Employees (thousands) 109 80.9 32.3 26.5
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