HC Deb 02 March 1948 vol 448 cc54-5W
86. Mr. J. Morrison

asked the President of the Board of Trade what timber-growing representation is included in the sections of his Department which fix maximum timber prices and control felling licences; what increases in the price of standing timber have been allowed since the end of the war; and on what basis these increases have been calculated.

Mr. Bottomley

The views of representatives of timber growers are received, as may be necessary either directly or through the Forestry Commission, with which my Department is constantly in touch. The only increase in the price of standing timber since the end of the war has been one of 25 per cent. allowed in January, 1947. This was designed to provide among other things for increased costs of maintenance and replanting. In view of the great differences between the methods of different timber growers, the matter was necessarily dealt with on broad lines.

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