Timber Control (Administrative Costs)

Oral Answers to Questions — Germany – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Major Henry Spence Major Henry Spence , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will state the monthly cost and the number of persons engaged in the administration and process of supplying German timber to this country.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

There are 457 British persons engaged on administrative and supervisory duties at a cost of about £21,000 per month. These form the staff of the North German Timber Control which is not solely concerned with supplies of timber to this country. It is impossible to estimate the numbers and cost of personnel engaged on the actual felling, sawing and transporting of timber; the work is paid for by the Germans in marks and is done in the main by the German timber trade and forestry service whose numbers ran into many thousands augmented by some 7,000 displaced persons.

Photo of Major Henry Spence Major Henry Spence , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central

Can the Minister give us an assurance that he is satisfied that the costs of administration are not excessive and that the price of the timber in this country is truly economic?

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

The price of timber to this country?

Photo of Major Henry Spence Major Henry Spence , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Central

The price of timber when it is brought in.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

The price of timber is agreed between the Board of Trade and the Control Office for Germany and Austria On the basis of. ruling world prices, and in relation to the results we are getting from this operation, I think the cost is very well justified.