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Coal And Oil Prices

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 25 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy, on the basis that the cost per therm of coal and oil for industrial use was 5·5–6·4p and 9·5–10·5p, respectively, in England at the end of 1974, what will be the comparative position of these fuels after 1st July 1975, taking into account the projected increases in the price of industrial coal.

Typical prices of coal for industrial use in England are estimated to be in the range 7·1–8·3p a therm as from 1st March 1975. Current prices for fuel oil are thought to be similar to those quoted for end-1974, i.e. 9·5–10·5p a therm. Due to the fluctuating terms and cost per accused person of legal aid in England in each of the last five years;(2) what was the annual cost of criminal legal aid in England per aided accused person in each of the last five years.

I have been asked to reply.The figures for England and Wales for the five years ending in 1973 are:conditions on which individual fuels are supplied to the industrial market I do not think that it would be helpful to forecast price levels likely to apply after 1st July 1975.