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Coal Industry (Earnings And Productivity)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what relationship has been shown to exist in recent weeks between the earnings of mine workers and productivity levels in the coal industry.

The miners' production bonus is paid on the basis of output in the previous quarter. Since production in the April-June quarter did not reach the agreed target figure, no production bonus is at present being paid. It is too early to make an estimate of output in the July-September quarter.