HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 c471W
Sir W. Jenkins

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what steps are being taken to make use of all the available timber in this country for pit-wood purposes and also for building purposes; and whether he is taking an active interest in retaining the key-men to meet the demand?

Sir G. Courthope

Energetic steps are being taken for the utilisation of the suitable standing timber in this country for pit-wood purposes and for general purposes including building. Broadly, the measures are twofold: first, stimulation of production by the home timber trade, and, secondly, by Departmental production from State and private forests. An active interest is taken in the retention of key-men for the home timber industry and the attraction of further men into the industry.