HC Deb 15 February 1938 vol 331 c1710
72. Mr. Mathers

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, the proceeds during 1937 from the sale of timber grown by the Forestry Commissioners; for what purpose the timber was utilised; and whether steps are being taken to secure a market for other timber as it matures?

Colonel Sir George Courthope (Forestry Commissioner)

In the forest year ended 30th September, 1937, the proceeds of sales of timber by the Forestry Commissioners amounted to £70,100. The large timber was converted into scantlings, the larger poles were used for various purposes such as telephone poles, while the thinnings were converted into pit props, fencing and rustic work. Systematic steps are being taken to secure markets as the plantations yield timber, for which purpose a utilisation officer is employed full-time. Detailed investigations have already been made by the Department regarding the requirements of the coalmining, box and packing case, shipbuilding and turnery industries.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Is that all soft wood?

Sir G. Courthope

It is mainly soft wood, but not entirely.