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Coal Stocks

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the stocks of distributed and undistributed coal for the following years: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and the recorded months of the current year.

Coal stock statistics for Great Britain are published in the Department's monthly statistical bulletin "Energy Trends", copies of which are available in the Library of the House. For convenience the information is given in the following table:

COAL STOCKS IN GREAT BRITAIN
Distributed*Million tonne Undistributed
End 197622·510·7
End 197721·79·8
End 197822·012·4
End 197918·39·6
End January 198016·59·8
End February 198016·210·4
End March 198015·612·1
End April 198016·112·8
End May 198017·113·4
*Excluding stocks held by merchants and by industrial and domestic consumers. The figures included for coke-ovens operated by the Iron and Steel Industry are estimated for 1979 and the months of 1980.