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Coal Industry (Horses And Ponies)

Volume 446: debated on Wednesday 28 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many horses and ponies were employed below ground at 30th June, 1947; and the total numbers employed in Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland and South Wales, respectively, at the present date.

The total numbers of horses and ponies employed underground at 30th June, 1947, in Great Britain and in Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland and South Wales, were as follows:—

Number*(Provisional)
Great Britain21,242
Durham7,747
Northumberland2,691
York shire2,916
Lancashire and Cheshire7
Scotland246
South Wales and Monmouth4,473
* The figures relate to mines under the Coal Mines Act, 191r, (excluding the stratified ironstone mines in Cleveland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire). I regret that no information is available for a later date than 30th June, 1947