HC Deb 12 November 1928 vol 222 c479
30. Viscount SANDON

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if the word Foreign in the classification of timber in the official publication, the Uses of Home-grown Timbers, includes Empire; and whether he will have a supplement issued to sub-divide Foreign in such a way as to distinguish Empire if it is meant to be inclusive in this publication, and, if it is not, to give the further information as applied to the Empire?

Mr. DOUGLAS HACKING (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

This Publication was issued by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, and that Department has informed me that the word "foreign" is used throughout this publication in the sense of "imported." The object of the publication was to make available in a simple form information regarding the suitability for various purposes of timbers grown in this country. Imported timbers are referred to only when the same species are grown here and I understand that almost the whole of such imported timber comes from sources outside the Empire. I am informed that the present edition of the publication is nearly exhausted, and in any future edition steps will be taken to remove any possible misapprehension with regard to the terms employed.