HC Deb 26 June 1940 vol 362 c449
37. Mr. Price

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that in dealing with the import of timber coming into this country, the Timber Control is insisting on a method of listing and invoicing the goods so long and complicated that great delays and expense are being caused to the firms concerned; and whether he will consider adopting simpler methods?

Mr. H. Morrison

Virtually, all imports of timber are made by the Timber Controller on Government account, and the importation does not involve listing or invoicing. If my hon. Friend has in mind the procedure for invoicing transfers of timber by wharfingers from national stock to merchants and from merchants to consumers, this procedure was adopted by the Timber Control after consultation with the Emergency Advisory Committee of the Timber Trades Federation, and is essential for the purpose of keeping an accurate record of sales on Government account.

Mr. Price

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that it takes staffs the same time to do half the work that was done in normal times, and can he not make the procedure more simple?

Mr. Morrison

That is over a limited field. I will investigate the point which my hon. Friend makes.

Mr. Thorne

I take it for granted that the right hon. Gentleman is aware that unless he can do it within the time we are going to get a lot of things that we do no like.

Mr. Morrison

That is certainly being kept in mind.