HC Deb 22 May 1947 vol 437 c269W
40. Mr. Charles Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Messrs. W. A. Moore and Company, of Marks Tey, Essex, asked his Department in January to sponsor an application for a building licence for a new timber mill which is urgently needed; that they were informed on 10th April, by his regional office, that the application had been approved by headquarters and would be considered by the regional committee and, on 5th May, that the project had been approved by them and the papers forwarded to London for the approval of headquarters; and what the present position is, in view of the necessity for getting this construction carried out before next winter.

Sir S. Cripps

As my hon. Friend has already been informed, the delay in this case, which I regret, was due to the illness of both inspectors of the local Timber Control Office. A recommendation for the issue of a licence was sent to the Ministry of Works on 13th May.