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Coal

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the present level of coal production for mines in the United Kingdom compared with other EEC countries.

Production of hard coal in EEC countries in the first nine months of 1979 was as follows:

Coal production: January-September 1979 (000 tonnes)
UK88,551
Germany70,357
France13,744
Belgium4,577
Ireland27
NOTE. non-UK figures derived from Eurostat published by the office for official publications of the European Communities.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much coal was (a) produced and (b) consumed in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

Information on the production and consumption of coal in the United Kingdom is published monthly in the Department's "Energy Trends" and annually in the Department's "Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics". Copies of these publications are available in the Library of the House. For convenience, the figures for the last three calendar years are as follows:

Million tonnes
Production a Consumption b
1976123·8123·6
1977122·1124·0
1978123·6120·5
(a) Includes production at National Coal Board and licensed collieries, production at all

by nuclear power in 1985 is not available from the same source. However, the estimated nuclear proportion of total electricity generating capacity in 1985 is shown

opencast sites, and an estimate of slurry, etc., recovered and disposed of other than by the National Coal Board from dumps, etc.

( b)Includes imported coal. For the coal mining industry and the fuel conversion industries, the figures included are of actual consumption. For all other sectors (other than industry, domestic, etc.) the figures are of disposals for consumption; actual consumption figures are not available. Full definitions for each sector of consumption are given on page 33 of the 1979 edition of the "Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics".