§ 19. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether, in view of the amount expended annually on the import of timber from abroad, he will arrange for all the Government Departments concerned to examine now to what extent they can make better use of home-produced wood and home-produced wood chipboard in connection with all building operations.
§ Mr. Prentice
As I explained in my written reply to the hon. Member on 6th March, I have asked the Economic Development Committees for Building and Civil Engineering to examine this possibility among other means of saving imports of building materials. When I have this report, I will consider what steps the Government should take to implement its recommendations. Homegrown wood is already used in a number of schemes by my Department.—[Vol. 742, c.179.]