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Coal Subsidy

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the Government subsidy per tonne of coal produced in each of the European Economic Community countries, including the United Kingdom.

The European Commission's estimates of state operating subsidies to Community coal industries in 1980 are as follows:

(£/tonne)
Belgium28·4
France15·6
Federal Republic of Germany7·2
United Kingdom*1·4
* Financial year 1980–81.

Note: Member States also provide social aids for their coal industries. Social security systems differ so much between countries that no simple comparison of these aids is possible.