§ 34. Mr. Alison
asked the Minister of Power what was the operating pithead cost per ton of saleable coal produced, for the eight divisions, respectively, of the National Coal Board, in 1965–66 or the nearest available year.
§ Mr. Alison
In view of what the Minister has said about his policy towards economic pits, will he arrange that those pits which are economic will be able to sell their coal at that economic price, particularly coal from the Yorkshire coal fields and with special reference to the export of such coal from Immingham and Hull?
§ Mr. Shinwell
On this matter of economic pits, is my right hon. Friend aware that we could make any pit economic in this country if we raised the price of coal?
§ Mr. Marsh
One has to take into account cost rather than price in this, and also the social effects. The fact is, as everyone accepts, that there are pits in this country which can provide us with the coal we need and with a coal mining industry which is viable in the interests of the country. There cannot be a future for the coal mining industry on the basis of trying to average up the prices of economic pits to cover those which are. uneconomic.
§ Mr. Barber
Will the Minister carry, on with that policy and continue to ignore the advice which he receives from his right hon. and hon. Friends?