Oral Answers to Questions — Timber Imports (Monopolies Commission Report)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd November 1953.

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Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen 12:00 am, 23rd November 1953

asked the Minister of State, Board of Trade, as representing the Minister of Materials, what action he proposes to take to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Monopolies Commission on the Supply of Imported Timber.

Photo of Mr Derick Heathcoat-Amory Mr Derick Heathcoat-Amory , Tiverton

My noble Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has already invited representatives of the imported timber trade to discuss the Report with him.

Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen

Will my right hon. Friend tell his noble Friend that this is a comparatively simple restrictive practice to abolish, and would he impress on him that here is an opportunity for us to show that we really mean business in this matter?

Mr. Amory:

I feel we can safely leave it to my noble Friend to ensure that the public interest is fully watched.

Photo of Mr Douglas Jay Mr Douglas Jay , Battersea North

As the Government took nearly a year to make up their minds about the match monopoly, can the Minister tell us how soon we shall get a decision this time?

Mr. Amory:

I think the right hon. Gentleman will agree that there has been no undue delay so far.