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Clause 1. — (Machinery and Plant.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Industrial Development Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th August 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Davidson Mr James Davidson , Aberdeenshire West 12:00 am, 11th August 1966

It is one continuous operation—is it not?—planting, growing, and extracting timber. Therefore, the final end product and its price is closely related to the original price of the land purchased for planting. It is the same with agriculture and it is a reasonable argument. The point has been made that 90 per cent. of our timber is imported, but I make it slightly more according to figures I have studied. I believe that the value is nearer £700 million than the £400 million mentioned by the right hon. Gentleman.

Forestry is in every sense closely related to manufacturing industry and is therefore completely within the scope of the Bill. The point about pit props and the connection with coal has already been made and coal is specifically mentioned in the Bill. There is also a reference to furniture and the making of any article;". No one can possibly dispute that paper-making is a manufacturing industry. Timber is important to building and the Bill specifically mentions the construction industry. I have looked at the Bill very carefully, for it is an interesting Measure, and I cannot possibly understand why forestry has been excluded.