asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has any figures available to show how the average cost of production of deep-mined coal compares with the average cost of production of opencast coal.
For the first three quarters of 1948—the latest period for which full figures are available—the average total production cost of deep-mined coal is 45s. 5d. a ton and for opencast coal 44s. 8d. a ton.