Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imports of Timber.

Wednesday, 26 March 1947

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 105 No. 2

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Mr. M. O'Sullivan: Information on Martin O'Sullivan  Zoom on Martin O'Sullivan  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state: (a) the total quantity of timber imported in 1946, distinguishing between timber earmarked for housing purposes and for other purposes; and (b) the quantity, distinguished in the same way, imported in each of the months January and February, 1947; further, whether he will state (i) the country of origin of such timber, and (ii) the country from which purchased.

Mr. Lemass: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  A statement showing quantities of timber imported in the [159] year 1946, according to country of origin and official import list descriptions will be circulated with the Official Report. It is not possible to give total figures owing to the different units of quantity used. No information is available from the trade statistics as to the countries from which the timber was purchased. The great bulk of the softwoods has been earmarked for building purposes.

Particulars for the months of January and February, 1947, are not yet available.

QUANTITIES OF WOOD AND TIMBER (RAW OR SIMPLY PREPARED) IMPORTED DURING THE YEAR 1946, BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

Description and Country of Origin Unit of Quantity Quantity
Hewn wood and timber:
Hard (mahogany, oak etc.)—
Portugal cub. ft. 6,925
Canada ,, 4,059
U.S.A. ,, 8,310
Total 19,330
Soft (fir, pine, spruce, etc.):
Finland load 734
Canada ,, 3,046
U.S.A. ,, 2,448
Total ,, 6,228
Sawn wood and timber:
Hard (mahogany, oak, etc.)—
Great Britain cub. ft. 426
Finland ,, 7,588
Portugal ,, 3,240
Africa, British East ,, 92
,,,,West ,, 578
,,Portuguese East ,, 11
Canada ,, 87,756
Peru ,, 9
U.S.A. ,, 100,374
Total ,, 200,074
Soft (fir, pine, spruce, etc.):
Boards and Planks, not exceeding 1 inch in minimum thickness—
BrazilTotal load 20
Deals, Planks and Boards not elsewhere specified or included:
Great Britain ,, 33
Northern Ireland ,, 3
Portugal ,, 1
Sweden ,, 4,677
Canada ,, 20,593
U.S.A. ,, 247
Total ,, 25,554
[160]Other sorts, sawn, soft:
Great Britain load 50
Northern Ireland ,, 1
Finland ,, 60
Canada ,, 555
Total ,, 666
Planed or Dressed Wood:
Floorings—
Great Britain ,, 142
Northern Ireland ,, 2
Sweden ,, 868
Africa, British East ,, 89
Total ,, 1,101
Planed or Dressed Wood:
Other Sorts—
Great Britain load 111
Northern Ireland ,, 3
Sweden ,, 51
Africa, British East ,, 3
Canada ,, 3
Total ,, 171
Other Wood and Timber Simply Prepared:
Sleepers—
Great Britain ,, 341
Northern Ireland ,, 172
Finland ,, 23
Canada ,, 1,364
U.S.A. ,, 11
Total ,, 1,911
Staves for Butter Casks, Kegs and Barrels:
CanadaTotal ,, 125
Staves, other sorts:
Canada ,, 32
U.S.A. ,, 344
Total ,, 376
Panel Wood (not Veneered):
Great BritainTotal sq. ft. 17,210
Veneered Wood:
Great BritainTotal ,, 365
Veneers, liable to duty:
Great Britain ,, 1,625
France ,, 10,760
Total ,, 12,385
Veneers not liable to duty:
Great Britain ,, 29,925
France ,, 1,268,573
Portugal ,, 99,541
[161]Honduras, British Sq. ft. 11,960
U.S.A. ,, 356,154
Total ,, 1,766,153
Other sorts, not elsewhere specified or included:
Great Britain load 446
Northern Ireland ,, 3
Sweden ,, 51
Canada ,, 110
U.S.A. ,, 74
Total ,, 684


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