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Coal

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many tonnes of coal have been imported into Great Britain in each of the last 10 years; and what is his projection for the next two years.

Coal imports to the United Kingdom over the last 10 years were as follows:

thousand tonnes
19692
197079
19714,230
19724,996
19731,668
19743,541
19755,083
19762,837
19772,439
19782,352
In the first eight months of 1979 imports totalled 2,154 thousand tonnes. The major importers have not yet finalised their plans for the next two years but imports are likely to be somewhat higher than in the last year or two.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the estimated levels of coal production in Scotland for each year up to the year 2000.

This is a matter for the National Coal Board and I have asked the chairman to write to the hon. Member.