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Volume 237: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade the quantity of coal produced in Great Britain in 1929, and the figures showing separately its distribution among the various classes of consumers, including industrial undertakings, gas companies, householders, and the export trade?

With the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT such information as is at present available as to the production and consumption of coal in Great Britain during 1929.

Following is the information:

1929.Million Tons.
Output of Coal in Great Britain257.9
Quantity Shipped Abroad:
Exports of coal …60.2
Exports of coke and manufactured fuel (coal equivalent) Coal shipped for the use of steamers engaged in the foreign trade …16.4
Shipments to Northern Ireland …2.4
Total quantity of coal shipped abroad and to Northern Ireland …84.4
Quantity of coal available for home consumption for all purposes …173.5

Particulars of the quantity of coal consumed at gas works during 1929 are not yet available, but in both 1927 and 1928 the figure was just under 17 million tons (exclusive of the coal-equivalent of gas-coke exported).

The estimated quantity of coal consumed for domestic purposes, including miners' coal, is approximately 40 million tons per annum.

The remaining quantity of coal available for home consumption was used for general manufactures and all other purposes including the production of electricity, iron and steel, for colliery engines, by railways and for coastwise transport.