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.
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?