HC Deb 09 March 1953 vol 512 cc838-9
43. Mr. Spence

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will recommend the maximum possible use of Scottish homegrown timber, this year, for purposes of road fencing; and whether he will recommend a policy of stockpiling for this purpose where prices and specifications are suitable.

Mr. Braithwaite

The extent to which we or local highway authorities buy timber for roadside fencing is extremely limited since such fencing is mainly put up by the owners of the adjacent land. I understand that consultations are in progress between the Departments concerned and the trade as to the disposal of Scottish blown timber.

Mr. Spence

Has a general direction been given to the various Departments within my hon. Friend's Ministry that full consideration should be given to the buying of Scottish timber in the light of all the damage which has been suffered?

Mr. Braithwaite

As I have said, our requirements are very small, but we certainly desire to take that matter into consideration.

Sir R. Glyn

In view of my hon. Friend's answer, will he consider approaching the Transport Commission about the erection of a kiln drying plant in that district and a creosoting plant so that the timber can be used for fencing on the railway?

Mr. Braithwaite

I will certainly pass the hon. Baronet's suggestion to the Commission.