10. Mr. Vane
asked the Minister of State, Board of Trade, as representing the Minister of Materials, what proportion of his purchases of timber during the year ended 31st March, 1953, totalling £39 million, were made in Scotland after the severe gale damage.
§ The Minister of State, Board of Trade (Mr. Heathcoat Amory)
None, Sir. Private buying of softwood and hardwood had been fully restored, and the placing of new Government contracts had ceased before the year in question.