HC Deb 28 March 1946 vol 421 cc92-3W
105. Mr. Edelman

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to announce any relaxation in the formalities connected with the granting of timber licences.

Mr. Belcher:

Yes, Sir. So as to shorten the procedure for release of timber for essential requirements, in particular the housing programme, the present departmental "Certificate to Purchase" will from next month be combined with the Timber Licence in a single document, to be completed by the sponsoring Department and presented to the supplier without further formality. In the case of plywood and certain varieties of timber and veneer which are in particularly short supply, however, a reference to the Timber Control Area Officer will still be necessary before release. The Control of Timber (No. 40) Order, 1946, provides for this and certain other minor relaxations of control.