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Coal Prices

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the average United Kingdom price of one ton, respectively, of domestic coal, anthracite coal, dry steam coal, industrial coal and coking coal on 1st March 1974; what is the present average United Kingdom price of each of these; what percentages these increases represent; and what will be the respective percentage increases at 1st March 1975 compared with 1st March 1974.

Coal prices show wide variation depending on the grade or

1st March 1974 (£/ton)February 1975 (£/ton)Percentage increase1st March 1975* (£/ton)Estimated percentage increase since March 19741st April 1975* (£/ton)Estimated percentage increase since March 1974
Domestic coal:
Naturally smokeless†16·219·319·019·319·021·533·0
Industrial coal7·613·780·017·9136·0
Coking coal9·617·380·022·9139·0
Source: National Coal Board.
* The figures for March and April 1975 are estimates; for domestic prices allowance has been made for the summer discount.
† Separate data is not available for anthracite and dry steam coals.