Rural Estates (Maintenance Timber)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that applications for timber for maintenance on rural estates are frequently not answered for three months or more and then forms are only sent to fill up for another Ministry to sanction; and will he expedite business at timber control area at 1–6, Tavistock Square, to ensure that maintenance repairs to rural cottages, farm buildings and field gates can be more promptly dealt with.

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

No, Sir. Special arrangements have been made to enable farmers and owners of agricultural estates to secure licences for maintenance timber promptly and conveniently. If my hon. and gallant Friend will give me particulars of any cases he has in mind I will have them investigated.

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

I certainly can give particulars. Is my right hon. Friend aware that a good deal of suffering is caused to old and sick people living in cottages by this regulation; and cannot he arrange for somebody to deal with this matter instead of "passing the buck" from one to another?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

We do not "pass the buck."

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

It takes over three months to get an answer.