HC Deb 10 March 1958 vol 584 c20W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what amount of pit timber was sold by the Forestry Commission to the South-Western Region of the National Coal Board, directly and through agents, respectively, for each year since nationalisation.

Mr. John Hare

All sales of mining timber by the Forestry Commission to the South-Western Division of the National Coal Board have been through an agent. The amounts are:

Amount (in tons)
1949 32,000
1950 56,400
1951 55,700
1952 65,100
1953 39,900
1954 45,000
1955 43,700
1956, 1st January—30th June 21,000
1st July, 1956–30th June, 1957 37,700

Records of the amount sold in 1947 and 1948 are not available. Owing to changes in contract periods the information for 1956 and 1957 is not readily available by calendar years.

Some timber was also sold to merchants but it is not known how much was converted to pitwood and sold in turn to the Board.