HC Deb 26 January 1953 vol 510 c75W
78. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Minister of Materials whether he will waive the necessity of applying for a licence to erect a flagpole for the Coronation, in view of the fact that such licences will, presumably, be granted as a matter of course.

Sir A. Salter

No. Licences are not needed for softwood poles of 3 inches or less in diameter, or hardwood poles, but, although licences will be issued freely for other poles, they will only be valid for flagpoles made from homegrown softwood. Without licensing, there would be no way of ensuring that home-grown softwood was used, or of preventing the import of flagpoles or even the use of poles already imported for other essential purposes.