HC Deb 19 October 1916 vol 86 c762W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken by the Home-Grown Timber Committee to provide an adequate supply of timber for pit props; and if he can state the prices at present ruling for home-grown timber for use in the pits and also for imported timber?


I regret that I am not at the present time in a position to make a statement of the steps which have been and are being taken by the Committee in the matter of the supply of pitwood. I can, however, say that the Committee have purchased pitwood and have supplied it in various mining districts, and that they see no reason to apprehend a shortage of home-grown supplies. As regards price, the details are too numerous to be given in reply to a question, but the prices of pitwood, whether imported or home-grown, move together, that for the home-grown article being usually a little below that for the imported. The prices of pitwood have recently fallen.