HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 c98W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much coal mined in the United Kingdom was exported in each of the last 10 years; what were the main destinations; and what is his policy towards coal exports by the National Coal Board and the extent to which such exports should be profitable.

Mr. David Hunt

The Government expect the National Coal Board to maximise its long-term profitability by securing those sales which are profitable on a continuing basis in competition with other fuels. Within this the level and profitability of NCB coal exports is a matter for the board's commercial judgment.

Details of coal exports since 1976 are shown in the table.