§ Mr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of persons employed in(a) British Coal deep coal mines, (b) licensed private deep332W
coal mines, (c) British Coal opencast mines and (d) licensed private opencast coal mines in 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1989–90.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The average number of persons employed during these years in British Coal deep coal mines as detailed in the Health and Safety Commission's annual report 1988–89 was:
Number 1986–87 125,400 1987–88 104,400 1988–89 86,900
Information on the numbers of persons employed in licensed private deep coal mines and opencast mines is not available to the Health and Safety Executive.