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Scrap Timber, Scotland

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1943

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what steps are being taken to make the large quantities of scrap timber, resulting from cutting operations in the Highlands, available as fuel to civilian populations; and what other steps are being taken to prevent it going to waste?

In so far as this scrap timber is suitable for use as fuel, Scottish local authorities have been urged to organise schemes for the accumulation of stocks as emergency reserves and a considerable tonnage of such wood is now in store. A large proportion of this timber is not, however, suitable for fuel, but considerable quantities are used in industry as pulp wood for paper making, and in other ways, though the cost in labour and transport makes it difficult to bring to the large consuming areas such available scrap as is not used in the locality.