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Coal: Imports

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much coal was imported in each of the last 10 years; how much he forecasts will be imported in the (a) current year and (b) next three years; and if he will make a statement. (250076)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: The following table shows how much coal was imported into the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years. Provisional annual figures for 2008 will be published in the March edition of Energy Trends.

Amount (Thousand tonnes)

1998

21,244

1999

20,293

2000

23,446

2001

35,542

2002

28,686

2003

31,891

2004

36,153

2005

43,968

2006

50,529

2007

43,365

Source: Table 2.1.1 Long Term Trends, Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2008.

A range of scenarios for future coal imports implied by scenarios for demand and indigenous production of coal can be found on page 88 of the “Energy Markets Outlook Report” December 2008, produced by Department of Energy and Climate Change. A copy of this publication is available in the House of Commons Library or can be accessed through this link:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file49406.pdf.