HC Deb 28 June 1956 vol 555 cc685-6
36. Mr. Baldwin

asked the President of the Board of Trade the annual cost of stockpiling timber under the headings of rental, depreciation, and supervision; and what number of parsons are employed in the operations.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

It would be contrary to well-established practice to give information of this kind about particular commodities in the stockpile.

Mr. Baldwin

Does not my right hon. Friend think that, in view of the great stockpile of timber in the national forests, and in view of the piled timber in timber merchants' yards, it is about time this extravagant expenditure was stopped and a contribution made towards the reduction in Government expenditure of £100 million?

Mr. Thorneycroft

The question of the strategic need for timber is one for the Minister of Defence.