HC Deb 23 January 1947 vol 432 cc66-7W
20. Sir B. Neven-Spence

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many standards of timber are available for barrel making in Creat Britain between now and the end of March.

Sir S. Cripps

I assume that the hon. Member's Question relates to timber such as is normally used for making herring barrels. I understand that 200 standards have so far been licensed for this purpose by the Ministry of Food during the present quarter and that further quantities will be licensed. Timber of suitable specification for this purpose is, however, also needed for other essential purposes and it is not, therefore, possible to state exactly how much will be available for barrel making. Supplies are normally obtained from Sweden but in view of the serious shortage the Board of Trade have recently arranged for the import of about 130 standards of suitable Canadian timber during the present quarter.