HC Deb 07 March 1961 vol 636 c225
1. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has for encouraging increased imports of timber for Yugoslavia; and whether he will bear in mind the present difficulties of the home-grown timber industry.

The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. F. J. Erroll)

The Government do not encourage the importers of timber to buy from any particular country. My right hon. Friend is not aware that imports of timber from Yugoslavia are a source of difficulty for the home-grown timber trade.

Mr. Digby

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him to bear in mind in the future the difficulties of the home-grown timber industry, where production is increasing, at lot of it as a result of the investment of the Forestry Commission, at a time when foreign competition is very difficult?

Mr. Erroll

I will look into the points which my hon. Friend has raised. We have not had any recent major complaint from the home-grown timber industry.

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