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Coal Mining (Labour Costs)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of the price at the pithead of industrial coal in 1974 was represented by the cost of direct labour.

Labour costs cannot be directly related to pithead prices for individual qualities of coal. According to figures provided by the National Coal Board, labour costs represented 50 per cent. of average pithead proceeds for all coal during the financial year 1973–74.