§ Commander Noble
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what response has been made to the representations made by the shipbuilding industry about delays in issuing timber licences for new tonnage.
§ Mr. W. Edwards
Representations have been received that some shipbuilders are not receiving timber sufficiently early for their requirements. It has been explained in reply that the basic difficulty in licensing adequate quantities of timber for individual shipyards, at the time when it is required, is due to the fact that the quantities available for allocation174W quarterly fall short of the current needs of the industry. Every consideration is, however, given to meeting requirements in individual cases where lack of timber at any given stage in a ship's construction is seriously holding up production.