§ 141. Mr. J. Foster
asked the President of the Board of Trade what measures he proposes to take to remedy the present shortage of timber.
§ Mr. Rhodes
Stocks of timber art-good, except for softwood. The present low state of softwood stocks is only temporary, and I have taken steps to prevent essential work from being held up. In addition to the 150,000/200,000 standards negotiated recently in Moscow by the Timber Controller, substantial contracts had previously been placed with Finland, Yugoslavia, Poland. France and North America. Further purchases will be made, principally from North America.
§ Mr. J. Foster
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the amount of the imports of timber estimated for June, July and August, 1950, respectively.
Mr. H. Wilson
It is not the practice to anticipate future imports or to disclose our buying position.