HC Deb 07 November 1939 vol 353 c59W
Sir M. Manningham-Buller

asked the Minister of Supply what steps are being taken to ascertain the available supply of standing timber of the size and species required in this country and to procure and make use of the same?

Mr. Burgin

A census of the woodlands of this country was in progress before the war, and the position with regard to quantities, species, and sizes of standing timber is known with reasonable accuracy. Steps are being taken to augment supplies of home-grown timber by purchase by the Timber Controller of prepared homegrown wood from the trade and by developing the production both of sawn timber and of pitwood in the woods of the Forestry Commission and in private woods.

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