§ 41. Mr. James Griffiths
asked the Secretary for Mines what steps are being taken to secure an adequate supply of pit timber, and whether he is satisfied that the arrangements he has made will ensure continued working without interruption?
§ Mr. Burgin
I have been asked to reply. A programme has been approved for the production of home-grown pit timber on a large scale, and imports are being supplemented by substantial purchases from new sources of supply overseas. A more extensive use will also be made of steel pit props. These arrangements should ensure adequate supplies for the full-time working of the pits.
§ Mr. Mathers
Will the services of those who have been engaged in handling imported pit wood be utilised in connection with this new method of supply?
§ Mr. Leonard
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these pit props, which are imported duty free, are being used for the production of wood wool for packing, and will he take steps to prevent this practice?