§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are his estimates of the total operational and deficit grants paid per tonne of coal mined in the United Kingdom for each year from 1977–78 to 1982–83, in current money terms and in constant money terms.
§ 1. Mr. John Moore
The information requested is as follows:127W
1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 Constant 1982–83 values Total operational and deficit grant (£ million) 42 191 261 208 488 380 Approximate grant per tonne of NCB output (£) 0.35 1.60 2.13 1.66 3.96 3.17
Source: NCB annual report and accounts. 1982–83 figures are estimated.
2. Grant per tonne figures have been prepared on the basis of total NCB deepmined and opencast output and excluding United Kingdom licensed mine output. In practice NCB's opencast activities have produced substantial operating profits.
3. Revaluation to constant 1982–83 values is based on the index of purchasing power of the pound contained in the CSO "Economic Trends" 1983 annual supplement.