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Timber For Houses

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the quantity of timber required to build a traditional type permanent house and a Cruden house of similar size.

A maximum of two standards of softwood is at present allowed for a traditional house, and 1.5 standards for a Cruden house of similar size. For all types of houses, a maximum of 10 cubic feet of hardwood, and 450 square feet of plywood, are allowed.

Will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider the Cruden housing programme in Scotland, with a view to getting a larger number of completed houses in 1947, and increasing the present 1,000 to a higher figure?

I am certainly willing to take anything into consideration with a view to helping housing, but there is a real shortage of timber. I realise that Cruden houses require less timber, and I am giving full consideration to these points as far as the allocation to nontraditional types of houses is concerned.

Could not the Government put their heads together, in order to provide this wood?

In England and Wales the amount of timber for traditional houses was reduced by the Minister of Health to 1.6 standards per house; why is more timber required in Scotland than in England?

It has always required more wood than in England because of the climatic conditions—the conditions have always been different.