HC Deb 03 November 1947 vol 443 cc1341-2
53. Mr. Scott-Elliot

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are being taken by the Forestry Commission to formulate a systematic programme of thinnings with a view to increasing the supply of home produced pit props.

Mr. G. Brown

Thinning is proceeding systematically in State plantations. As regards private woodlands the Forestry Commission are at present discussing the problem with the interests concerned.

Mr. Scott-Elliot

Is my hon. Friend aware that if we could get more British pit props we would effect a considerable saving in foreign exchange and, in view of the rather disappointing nature of his reply, will he look into the matter further?

Mr. Brown

I am very conscious of the truth of the first part of the Question. Without admitting the implication of the second part, if my hon. Friend would come to see me, I would be very happy to discuss the matter with him.