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Energy: Deep-mined Coal

Volume 686: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many deep-mined coal mines are still in production; what are their names and in which regions they are located; and how many people are employed underground and overall in the coal industry.[HL7868]

At 30 September 2006 there were 5,257 production people employed in the coal industry. Of these, 3,736 were employed at 14 active deep mines, including 2,846 working underground. Details of the names, locations and workforce at these mines are given in the following table.

Mine Name

Region

Total No of employees

No employed underground

Aberpergwm*

Neath, S Wales

64

42

Blaentillery No 2

Torfaen, S Wales

6

5

Daw Mill

Warwickshire

631

504

Eckington

Derbyshire

26

24

Hatfield*

S Yorkshire

152

114

Hay Royds

W Yorkshire

13

12

Kellingley

N Yorkshire

713

572

Maltby

S Yorkshire

502

359

Thoresby

Nottinghamshire

497

373

Tower Colliery

Hirwaun, S Wales

375

260

Unity*

Neath, S Wales

14

7

Welbeck

Nottinghamshire

495

397

Harworth**

Nottingham

214

150

Rossington**

S Yorkshire

41

20

Data provide by the Coal Authority on 25 October 2006

* mines in development to come into production during 2007

** production has halted at these mines, which are currently being “mothballed”