§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will set out the basis of his calculations that United Kingdom coal is more expensive than imported coal.
§ Mr. Eggar
British Coal currently supplies coal to National Power and PowerGen at around £1.88p a gigajoule (GJ). Assuming delivery costs of 5–20p/GJ, depending on the sourcing of the coal this gives a delivered cost of around £1.93–2.08p/GJ.
The price of coal delivered to Amsterdam/Rotterdam over the past 12 months has been in the range 75p—£1/GJ, depending on the exchange rate and the world price of coal. Transport and port charges to cover the cost of delivery to power stations in England and Wales would add a further 20–40p/GJ to this cost.