§ Mr. WATT
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the promised inquiry has yet been made into the preference shown by the representative of the Timber Controller in commandeering 1581W timber from vessels arriving at the port of Greenock and consigned to Glasgow merchants; whether he is aware that a sense of injustice still exists there in that the Timber Controller seizes sold timber and lets free unsold timber, and suggests to buyers of the former that they can secure supplies from the cargoes not commandeered by him; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?
Sir A. STANLEY
Inquiries have been made into the matter, which arises out of action taken in May last. No preference has been shown, but the full particulars are somewhat long, and the Controller of Timber Supplies will be happy to explain the matter in detail to my hon. Friend.