Mining Timber (Imports).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1931.

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Photo of Mr John Tinker Mr John Tinker , Leigh

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the total cost of mining timber imported into this country for the years 1929 and 1930; and will he say which are the three countries where we get the greatest supply from?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

I would refer my hon. Friend to the full tables of imports of pit-props given in reply to the question asked on 17th February by my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley (Mr. Potts), of which I am sending him a copy.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Is any effort being made by the Board of Trade to encourage pit-props from different parts of the Empire to come into the country?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

A certain amount has been done on that point, but I should require notice as to how far these supplies really compete with Empire products.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

Do the figures the right hon. Gentleman has given include re-exports to this country from Soviet Russia?

Photo of Mr William Graham Mr William Graham , Edinburgh Central

I cannot say off-hand as to re-exports. The figures certainly include the imports from Russia, among other countries, for the four years in question.

Photo of Mr John Mills Mr John Mills , Dartford

Can my hon. Friend say whether the importers are sitting beside the right hon. Gentleman opposite?