asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the quantity of coal quarried from opencast sites in each year since 1969; and what are the estimates for 1974 and 1975.
Figures for opencast saleable output are only readily available for financial years:
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is now the tonnage of opencast coal being extracted; and what further steps are being taken to increase production over the next three to five years.
About 10 million tons per annum. The final report of the CIE states that opencast coal production could be increased to 15 million tons per annum or more within four years. The Government propose to facilitate this increase by restoring the NCB's power to make compulsory rights orders over land needed for opencast coal sites.