HC Deb 16 April 1940 vol 359 c766
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. Burgin

It must largely depend on whether the pit props come to the same ports.

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?

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