HC Deb 26 May 1919 vol 116 cc836-7
85. Mr. REMER

asked the Under-Secretary of State to the Air Ministry whether he is aware that one of the co-opted members of his Timber Committee was the official responsible for sanctioning the use of cypress on aeroplanes; whether he is aware that not more than two members of the Committee have any practical experience of sawing or converting timber; whether he will state the date that this Committee was appointed; and whether he will invite the National Federation of Sawmill Proprietors to nominate additional representatives to assist him in this important work?

General SEELY

I cannot accept the suggestion contained in the first part of the question. The decision was one arrived at by the responsible Technical Department on consideration of all the factors involved, one of which was the prospect of a future failure of supplies of better tried types of wood. The Timber Sub-Committee of the Conjoint Board was appointed on 10th October, 1917. Its composition is, I think, adequately representative for its purposes, but I will communicate the suggestion in the last paragraph of my hon. Friend's question to the Conjoint Board.