Home-Grown Timber

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1967.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 23rd January 1967

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources how much public money is being spent on sales promotion of home-grown timber.

Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset

Is it not about time this was done, in view of the enormous public investment—over £100 million—in the woodlands of the Forestry Commission? These trees are coming along in increasing quantities. Should not something be done without further delay?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

My advice is that as far as timber of good quality and at the right price is concerned, there is an adequate market. Difficulties arise in connection with some of the low-grade timber which is produced. This is really very much more a matter of finding additional use, rather than sales promotion.