Russian Timber

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1950.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 20th July 1950

asked the President of the Board of Trade how the price of timber recently purchased from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics compares with the price at which Swedish timber could have been bought last November.

Mr. H. Wilson:

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 6th July to the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Major Beamish).

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Lewes (Major Beamish) on 6th July was quite evasive in that it is perfectly well known throughout the timber industry in this country and Scandinavia that more timber could have been obtained than that recently bought from Russia, and at a cheaper price, if negotiations last November had been carried on with reasonable vigour and despatch? Will he agree that there has been considerable detriment to the house-building programme by his policy?

Mr. Wilson:

However widely known it may be, that does not make it true.