HC Deb 17 February 1986 vol 92 c30W
19. Mrs. Currie

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement about the latest productivity figures achieved by the National Coal Board.

Mr. Peter Walker

The National Coal Board continues to achieve weekly deep-mined productivity in excess of three tones per man shift. This is more than one third higher than the average for April 1979 when a Labour Government was last in office, and represents an impressive improvement since the end of the strike.