HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1195-6
51. Captain Ramsay

asked the Minister of Supply whether he will supply the names of the committee responsible for the control of timber?

Mr. Burgin

The control of timber is administered under my direction by the Timber Control, and for the names of the controller and his staff and advisory committee I would refer to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Dundee (Mr. Foot) on 23rd November).

52. Captain Ramsay

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that the Timber Control Committee have refused to release sufficient timber for the completion of a parish church in Newton-grange, Midlothian; and whether, having regard to the fact that there is at present no church to serve the needs of the 7,000 inhabitants, he will take the matter up with the Timber Control with a view to the immediate release of sufficient timber for this essential work?

Mr. Burgin

I am aware of the case mentioned by my hon. and gallant Friend. In this and other analogous cases it has been necessary to suspend action for defence reasons. The priority committee for works and building is now, however, considering further the question of possible release of timber for other than Government purposes.

Captain Ramsay

Before my right hon. Friend releases more timber for boarding-up statues will he consider such claims as this?

Mr. Charles Brown

Could not the right hon. Gentleman have used some of the timber which has been used for King Charles' statue?

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