HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc117-8W
84. Mr. Skeffington

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether he is aware that firms specialising in the eradication of fungal decay and beetle attack in building timbers frequently recommend unnecessarily extensive work and, in some cases, unduly expensive treatment where none is required; and whether he will take steps to bring these undesirable practices to the notice of the public in a suitable bulletin from the Forest Products Research Laboratory.

Mr. H. Nicholls

It is not the function of the Forest Products Research Laboratory to assess the extent and nature of any such trade practices. The Laboratory issues a comprehensive bulletin on Dry Rot, obtainable from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, price 2s., and also free leaflets on Dry Rot and several insect pests of building timbers. These publications describe in full the nature of the pests and the most effective and economical remedial and preventative measures.