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Private Coal Mines

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many licences were held by private licensed mines on 31 March and in May in (a) south Wales, (b) the remainder of the United Kingdom and (c) the United Kingdom; and how many miners were employed at these dates. [37628]

[holding answer 19 October 1995]: The Coal Authority informs me that:(a) the numbers of licensed underground mines were as follows:

At 31March1995At 31 May 1995At 18 October1995
Great Britain
Licensed by British Coal under section 36(2)(a) of the Coal Industry nationalisation Act 194611402424
Licensed by the Secretary of State/Coal Authority under section 26 of the Coal Industry Act 1994186371
Total11588795
South Wales
Licensed by British Coal under section 36(2)(a) of the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 19468755
Licensed by the Secretary of State/Coal Authority under section 26 of the Coal Industry Act 199413339
Total883844
1 Includes 115 mines whose licences expired on that date, about half of which were not producing coal at that time.
(b) while precise figures are not available, employment at these underground mines has remained at around 10,500 for Great Britain and 700 for South Wales.