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Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the average cost per ton of coal at the pit head, and the average prices per ton on delivery to domestic and industrial consumers in London, Birmingham and North Staffordshire.

In reply to the first part of the Question, this information will be published shortly in the Quarterly Statement of Costs of Production, Proceeds and Profits. The answer to the second part of the Question is as follows:Delivered prices per ton to industrial consumers vary considerably according to quality of the coal and the cost of transport and it is not possible to give an average price. Domestic coal is scheduled under the Retail Coal Prices Order, 1941, and the average retail delivered prices per ton of representative grades of domestic coal are approximately:

Central London8310
Birmingham City762
North Staffordshire (Stoke and Burslem)7011