Mr. Geraint Morgan
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is now in a position to state the approximate figure by which the cost of timber imports has been increased by reason of the floating of the £; and when he expects to be able to provide detailed information.
§ Mr. Noble
For hardwood, wholesale prices charged by importers increased by 7 per cent. between June and September; for softwood there was almost no change. However, several factors affect these prices and it will not be possible to distinguish how far these or any subsequent increases are due to the floating of the £.