Imported Building Materials

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1965.

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Photo of Mr James Ramsden Mr James Ramsden , Harrogate 12:00 am, 8th March 1965

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what movements there have been in the price of the principal imported building materials over the last four months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

Timber is the only major imported building material. In the four months up to February the average increase in price was about 1 per cent.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

How far is the increase due to the surcharge?

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

It is not possible to say because the proportion of the increased costs which may be borne by the merchants is not known.