asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware of the large quantities of derelict timber in many parts of the country; and whether he will instruct local fuel controllers to seek the co-operation of military commands in their areas so that the troops may use their spare time in collecting and preparing this timber to supplement local coal supplies for the general public?
Major Lloyd George:
All local authorities were asked in October, 1941, to organise and operate schemes on behalf of my Ministry for the collection and storage of derelict timber for use as domestic fuel in time of coal shortage. A number of these schemes is now operating in various parts of the country and considerable reserves should be available during the coming winter. The arrangements for operating these schemes provide that where civilian labour is unobtainable, military assistance would be sought and where practicable such assistance has been provided.