Oral Answers to Questions — Mineral Royalties (Durham).

– in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Swan Mr John Swan , Barnard Castle

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asked the President of the Board of Trade the royalty rent per ton of coal and minerals and wayleaves in the county of Durham by the various royalty owners for the years 1913 and up to the present, including the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and Dean and Chapter and the Commissioners for Woods and Forests, stating the amount received each year; and what portion, if any, went to the local rates?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

The average amount paid for rent, royalties, and wayleaves per ton of coal raised in the county of Durham from 'the latter half of 1917 (the earliest period for which information is available) was as follows:

1917, July to December6¼d.
1918, January to December6¾d.
1919, do.7d.
1920, do.7¾d.
1921, January to March7¾d.

Particulars for the second and third quarters of the year 1921 are not yet available. I regret that the remainder of the information asked for is not in the possession of my Department, but it would appear from the Reports of the Inland Revenue Commissioners that the variation between 1913 and 1917 in the United Kingdom as a whole was small. It is understood that none of the royalty rent for the county of Durham was paid to local rates.