asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take into consideration the advisability of encouraging the use of wood fuel for domestic consumption to relieve pressure on demand for coal during the coming autumn and winter; and whether he will examine the practicability of collecting and storing wood by local authorities for purposes of such supply?
I have been asked to reply. Yes, Sir. This matter is being considered in consultation with the Ministry of Supply. With regard to the second part of the Question, local authorities were approached some time ago on the subject of collecting and storing surplus wood for us as fuel in time of emergency, and a number of schemes are already in operation.