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Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1938.

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Photo of Sir Herbert Holdsworth Sir Herbert Holdsworth , Bradford South

asked the Secretary for Mines the amount of the increase in the price of coal commercially disposable between January, 1936, and June, 1938; and how much of the increase per ton was due to wages costs?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

The estimated proceeds per ton of coal disposable commercially in Great Britain in January, 1936, were 14s. 11d. and in June, 1938, 17s. 1d.; corresponding wages costs were 8s. 11d. and 10s. 11d. respectively.

Photo of Sir Herbert Holdsworth Sir Herbert Holdsworth , Bradford South

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman see that publicity is given to the latter figure, as it conflicts

Durham.
Number of Wage-Earners employed in and about Coal Mines.Output of Saleable Coal.Estimated total Wages.
Boys under 16 years of age.Males 16 years of age and over.Cash Earnings.Value of Allowance in kind.
Tons.££
192410,900159,60036,689,49121,743,000Not available.
19375,100109,10033,485,65213,990,0001,742,000
with the statement made by the ex-president of the Miners' Federation?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I am sure that my hon. Friend will assist in that publicity.

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Can the Minister supply any information showing the difference in price between industrial coal and household coal?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

No, Sir, I have not been asked that question.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Can the Minister say whether the figures he gives are based upon the price of coal at the pit-head, whereas the figures given by the ex-president of the Miners' Federation relate to the price at which it is disposed of to consumers?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I really cannot go into statements made by other people outside the House. I am answering the question on the Paper.

Photo of Mr Frank Collindridge Mr Frank Collindridge , Barnsley

If the Secretary for Mines is going to give this information, will he also give the difference between the numbers of shareholders in the industry and the numbers of mine-workers?