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Coal Imports

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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21.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what are the latest figures for coal imports (a) by countries and (b) by quantity; and if he will make a statement.

During the period January to October 1989, 9·5 million tonnes of coal have been imported into this country. The table gives a breakdown by country of origin.

January to October 1989
Country of originQuantity (thousand tonnes)
United States of America3,879
Australia1,822
Poland830
Colombia682
Canada622
China405
South Africa323
Federal Republic of Germany225
Netherlands169
USSR163
Panama106
Venezuela86
Belgium62
Others175
Total9,549

Source: Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

59.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what is his estimate of the volume of coal imports into the United Kingdom for the current year; and if he will meet the chairman of British Coal to discuss levels of coal imports.

The Government do not produce estimates of coal imports for the current year. In the period January to October 1989 coal imports were 9·5 million tonnes.My right hon. Friend and I meet the chairman of British Coal regularly to discuss all aspects of the coal industry.

30.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what percentage of the coal burned in the United Kingdom in 1988 was imported.

A total of 11 per cent, of coal burned in the United Kingdom in 1988 was imported.