Wednesday, 26 March 1947
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. M. O'Sullivan: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the total quantity of timber, suitable for the purposes of the building trades, now available in this country, the proportion of such timber which was home-grown, and the main areas in which such timber is stored.
Mr. M. O'Sullivan: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether any estimate has been formed of the quantity of timber which will be required to satisfy the needs of the building trades: (a) during the year 1947, and (b) during the year 1948; and the proportion of same which can be supplied from available stocks of timber or from available supplies and timber on order abroad.
Mr. Lemass: Yes. That estimate of our requirements is, of course, based upon the maintenance of the restrictions upon the use of timber in building and its substitution by other materials wherever practicable.
Mr. D. Morrissey: I know, but it does not alter the fact that, even utilising it to the best possible advantage, the timber which will be available, or which is available, will represent only about half our pre-war building programme.
Mr. Lemass: The figures I have given do not relate to the quantities which may be available. They are the minimum quantities of timber required to complete the contemplated building programmes in each of these two years.
Mr. D. Morrissey: So that, therefore, even if the Minister's hopes are fully realised in regard to timber and he has timber sufficient to meet the requirements, that will still be only 50 per cent. of our pre-war normal building programme?
Mr. Lemass: Information is not readily available as to the quantity of foreign timber now on order by the various importers. It is not anticipated, however, that they will be able to obtain for delivery at various periods throughout the year more than 25 per cent. of the quantity imported in normal times.
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