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Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the Secretary for Mines what was the average realised pit-head price of coal for each month from September, 1925, to the latest date for which figures are available?

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NOTE.—Most of the mines were closed on 1st May, 1926, owing to the National Dispute in the Coal Industry, and figures for the last 8 months of 1926 are not available.

asked the Secretary for Mines the prices of typical descriptions of coal in 1913, and the prices quoted at the end of January, 1930?

country as a whole between the years 1913 and 1929, as per Table 22 ( a), page 44, of the Report of the Royal Commission (1925), Volume 3.

The average pit-head proceeds per ton disposable commercially from September, 1925, to December, 1929, were approximately as follow:

Class of Coal.Market Quotations (f.o.b.)
1913.End of January, 1930.
Scotch navigation screened.16·8319·50
Admiralty seconds19·2119·50
Rhondda Large17·4620·75
Best Durham gas15·8316·75
Durham unscreened bunkers.14·8715·75

District.Tonnage commercially disposableCredit Balance.Debit Balance.
Amount.Per ton commercially disposable.Amount.Per ton commercially disposable.
1. Scotland30,040,616414,43903·31
2. Northumberland12,856,087313,56105·85
3. Durham36,206,664500,18703·32
4. South Wales and Monmouth41,443,128251,97401·46
5. Yorkshire43,555,0381,311,07007·22
6. N. Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.25,021,493853,43208·19
7. S. Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Cannock Chase and Warwickshire.12,463,151769,44112·82
8. Lancashire, Cheshire and N. Staffordshire.18,789,411.92,85301·19
9. Other Districts (Cumberland, N. Wales, S. Staffordshire, Shropshire, Bristol, Forest of Dean, Somerset and Kent).9,997,00083,30002·00
Great Britain230,372,5884,237,95104·41

NOTES.—( a) The table in the Royal Commission Report excluded particulars for Bristol and Cumberland and covered about 93 per cent. of the tonnage for the country as a whole; the above table covers about 97 per cent. of the total tonnage. The tonnage and sterling figures are not therefore exactly comparable but it is unlikely that the per ton figures are materially affected.

( b) The table in the Royal Commission Report gave figures for the Eastern Area as a whole and gave the smaller districts separately; in the table above the districts are those now given in the Department's Quarterly Statistical Summaries of Output, Costs of Production, etc. Figures for the Eastern Area can be arrived at by adding together the particulars for districts numbered 5, 6 and 7.

( c) The figures given above for South Wales and Monmouth relate to the year ended 31st January, 1930.

( d) The figures given above for Other Districts are provisional.