HC Deb 25 June 1940 vol 362 cc294-5
33. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Supply the exact scope of the work of the new Timber Supply Board; and what are its relations to the Forestry Commission?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

The Timber Control Board will, subject to my right hon. Friend, be responsible for all questions relating to timber supplies and production. The Board includes the Timber Controller and the Chairman of the Forestry Commission, and under the chairmanship of Mr. George Dallas it will direct the work of the Timber Control and the war-time work of the Forestry Commission and will pay particular attention to the development of home-grown timber production.

Mr. Parker

Will Questions in reference to the development of forestry during the war be put to the Minister of Supply or to the representative of the Forestry Commission?

Mr. Macmillan

As far as planting trees is concerned, that will remain the function of the Forestry Commission, but the cutting of trees will be under the Timber Board.

Mr. A. Edwards

Is the Supply Board responsible for importing timber?

Mr. Leonard

In order to conserve timber will the hon. Gentleman take steps to see that Government inspectors do not bore holes in completed munition boxes in order to ascertain the water content?

Mr. Edwards

May I have an answer to my question?

Mr. Macmillan

The Supply Board has as one of its members the Timber Controller, who is responsible for importing timber.

Mr. Edwards

Is the Minister aware that people in Canada wishing to supply spruce through this Board are refused the opportunity of doing so, with the result that a company controlled by a member of the Board supplies it at 50 per cent. more than is offered by the Canadian company?

Mr. Macmillan

These are all questions which will be reviewed by the Timber Control Board.