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Timber

Volume 77: debated on Friday 26 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give the figures for the imports of (a) hardwoods and (b) softwoods into the United Kingdom during each of the past five years and for the trend in the prices of timber.

The information is as follows:

United Kingdom imports of hardwoods and softwoods
Table AValue: £ millions (cif) Weight: Metric tonnes (thousands)
1980198119821983*1984
Hardwoods
Value114133136213228
Weight531549545743642
Softwoods
Value563464529716767
Weight3,6983,1913,6774,2754,084
* Provisional.

Source: For hardwoods, SITC/R2 Sub-groups 247.2, 247.9 (part) and 248.3 and Item 246.01 (part); and for softwoods, SITC/R2 Sub-groups 247.1, 247.9 (part) and 248.2 and Item 246.01 (part), in the United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

Table B Wholly or mainly imported timber price index (annual averages)

Wood sawn lengthwise

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

Hardwoods100106·7116·2127·6137·1
Softwoods10098·698·3112·6128·3

Source: Business Statistics Office.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the consumption of timber per capita compared with the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Italy.

The consumption of timber, measured in cubic metres per capita is shown in the table. The figures relate to 1982, the latest year for which full information is available. Timber is defined as including sawn wood, logs, fuelwood, pulpwood and industrial wood but excluding manufactured board, wood pulp, newsprint, paper and paper board.

Consumption of Timber 1982
Cubic metres per capita
United Kingdom0·34
Federal Republic of Germany0·85
France0·88
Italy0·47

Source: UN and FAO.