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National Coal Board (Investment)

Volume 928: debated on Friday 25 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the average investment per person employed by the National Coal Board in each year since 1964, overall and by coalfield; and what projections have been made for future years.

The average investment per person employed by the National Coal Board each year from 1964–65 to 1975–76 is shown below. I have asked the Chairman of the Board to send to the hon. Member a breakdown of the figures by coalfields. Investment under "Plan for Coal" will mean a continuation in the years ahead of a high level of average investment per person employed by the Board.

Average investment per person employed by NCB
£
1964–65159
1965–66162
1966–67167
1967–68170
1968–69140
1969–70148
1970–71190
1971–72176
1972–73239
1973–74226
1974–75372
1975–76696

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what discussions have been held with the National Coal Board concerning the importation of coking coal in the light of the proposed investment by the National Coal Board in Queensland; and if he will make a statement.

The Board has kept me informed of its involvement in the Queensland project, which for the present at least is only an exploration project, with the NCB supplying technical services, as set out in my reply of 21st March to the hon. Member for Derbyshire, South-East (Mr. Rost)—[Vol. 928, c. 363] The question of the disposal of any coking coal that might later on be developed under subsequent contracts has not, therefore, yet arisen.