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Timber (Railway Rates).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Shaw Mr William Shaw , Forfarshire

64.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if he is aware that owing to the excessive railway rates charged on home-grown timber it is impossible to market this commodity at a profit; that great quantities of timber are being left in the woods to rot; and that three-quarters of the saw-mills in Scotland are standing idle, entailing much unemployment.; and can he say what steps he is prepared to take to secure a reduction in the railway rates?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of the 8th instant to the hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe, of which 'I am sending him a copy. I have no information as to the facts mentioned in the second and third parts of the question. I understand some concession in respect of pitwood used in Scotland has been granted by the Scottish companies.

Photo of Mr Stephen Howard Mr Stephen Howard , Sudbury

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the railway companies are charging more for the carriage of home-grown timber than for sea-borne timber?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

That may very well be. But the traders have their own remedy if they care to adopt it.

Photo of Mr Stephen Howard Mr Stephen Howard , Sudbury

Will the hon. Gentleman tell the House what are these remedies?

Photo of Mr Marshall Stevens Mr Marshall Stevens , Eccles

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a certain class of timber carried into Lancashire from a certain port costs 42s. 9d. per ton, while the same class of timber imported costs 35s.?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

The hon. Gentleman also appears to be on the wrong bench.