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Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give details of the quantities of an- thracite currently being imported from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the comparative cost per tonne with United Kingdom anthracite.

The latest information available is for January to May, 1980, when 20·6 thousand tonnes of graded quality anthracite were imported from the Soviet Union. The average value per tonne cif during this period was £44, but the monthly average values varied from £35 per tonne in January up to £51 per tonne in March. It is not possible to give comparable prices for United Kingdom-produced anthracite since we have no information on the ash or moisture content of the imports. However, the following NCB listed prices for group I graded anthracite, operative from 1 March 1980, may be helpful:

GradePrice for despatch by rail from South Wales £/tonne
Stove nuts58·30
Stovesse nuts58·30