HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c75W
80. Mr. Powell

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider lifting the import duty off Swedish timber houses for as long as the present housing shortage continues.

Mr. H. Wilson

I am prepared to consider on its merits any application which may be made for the abolition, on a temporary basis, of the import duty on timber houses. It would, of course, be necessary in considering such an application to have regard to the interests of the United Kingdom joinery industry and also to assess the effects of such action on our timber supplies.