Oral Answers to Questions — Forestry Commission (Trade Prices)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th December 1944.

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Photo of Mr William Jackson Mr William Jackson , Breconshire and Radnorshire 12:00 am, 12th December 1944

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what were the prices agreed upon between the Forestry Commissioners and the trade association for surplus nursery stock and the quantities of trees supplied to purchasers on the instructions of the member firms of the trade association for the years 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943.

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

Sales made to the trade associations during the seasons 1940/41 and 1941/42 were at prices fixed by the Forestry Commissioners. For the seasons 1942/43 and 1943/44 a considerable number of prices was agreed. It was also agreed that these prices were not for publication, but I shall be happy to hand a schedule to the hon. Member for his own information.

Sales to the trade associations' members during the years quoted were:

Season.Seedlings (Thousands).Transplants (Thousands).
1940/41259
1941/4259100
1942/432,2591,477
1943/443,3501,996
of which the following were supplied direct to purchasers on the instructions of the member firms of the trade associations:
Season.Seedlings (Thousands).Transplants (Thousands).
1940/41135
1941/42
1942/43182422
1943/44855348

Photo of Sir Samuel Storey Sir Samuel Storey , Sunderland

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when those prices were discussed between the nursery trade and the Forestry Commission, and whether representatives of the consumers were present?

Photo of Mr William Jackson Mr William Jackson , Breconshire and Radnorshire

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, the date on which the revised prices for 1944 were agreed upon by the Forestry Commissioners with the Trades Association for surplus nursery stock.

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

The date of the agreement referred to was 19th October last.