§ Mr. Eadie
asked the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what is the current level of coal stockpiles; where they are located; and what are his estimates of such levels for the next 12 months;
(2) what are the existing levels of stockpiled coal in Scotland; where they are located; and what the expected levels are projected to be during the next 12 months.
§ Mr. John Moore
The figures are as follows:
Stocks of coal* at end September 1982 (provisional) million tonnes Great Britain of which: Scotland Total distributed and undistributed stocks 50.0 3.4 Total distributed stocks 28.7 2.4 Power Stations 26.5 2.1 Other including coke ovens 2.2 0.3 Total undistributed stocks 21.3 1.0 Collieries 16.9 0.4 Opencast sites 4.4 0.6
>* Excluding distributed stocks held in merchants' yard and so on, mainly for the domestic market, and stocks held by the industrial sector.
Future levels of coal stocks will depend on a number of factors, including in particular the levels of coal production and demand.