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Coal (European Community Imports)

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if, in view of the fact that the United Kingdom imports considerable quantities of agricultural products from the EEC, the price of some of which is far above world prices, he will enter discussions with member States with a view to their importing more coal from the United Kingdom and to reducing the imbalance of trade with EEC countries and at the same time improving morale in the British mining industry.

An increase in exports to the Community would be welcome; and both the National Coal Board in its commercial negotiations and I myself in discussion with EEC Ministers will do everything possible to pursue this.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many tons of coal were imported by the other eight members of the EEC from the time that the

(million tonnes of coal or coal equivalent)
Coal*Nuclear ElectricityPetroleum
January to September 197791·810·999·0
January to September 197887·310·1102·2
Percentage change-4·9-7·0+3·2
*Colliery disposals to final users plus consumption by other fuel producers.
†Refinery throughput of crude oil, plus net foreign trade and stock change in petroleum products, ess deliveries of non-energy products.