HC Deb 02 November 1948 vol 457 c48W
99. Mr. J. Morrison

asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of the supply of mining timber is derived from home sources; how the price of home-grown props compares with that of similar imported props; and what plans he has made to ensure that a fair proportion of future requirements will be obtained from home-grown material.

Mr. Bottomley

At present about a quarter of our supplies of mining timber comes from home sources. For details of comparative prices, I would refer the hon. Member to Statutory Rules and Orders 1947 No. 95 but, on a rough average, home-grown pitwood costs at the pits some three-fifths the price of the imported pitwood, though the two products are not always strictly comparable. We are anxious that, subject to forestry considerations. as large a part as possible of our pitwood needs should be met from home woodlands, and ways and means to this end are under consideration.