HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 c23
48. Mr. Michael Astor

asked the Lord President of the Council what is the total quantity of hard and soft wood so far allocated for use in the Festival of Britain exhibitions in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and on the sea.

Mr. H. Morrison

No controlled hardwoods have been allocated. Up to 31st December, 1950, 750 standards of softwood and 343,000 sq. ft. of plywood will have been allocated to cover all Festival of Britain requirements, other than those in Northern Ireland which are not the responsibility of the Festival of Britain Office. Plywood is now freely available and is no longer subject to allocation.

Sir W. Smithers

How many houses could have been built with that wood?

Mr. Morrison

That is a typical propagandist question.

Sir W. Smithers

But people want houses now.