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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imported Timber.

Tuesday, 7 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 No. 1

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Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he is aware of the operation of a system of [36] restrictive trade practices involving the import of timber by means of which the Timber Trade Federation of the United Kingdom controls the import and export of timber in association with similar bodies in other European countries and thereby drives up the price of timber; and if he will have the whole situation regarding the importation and pricing of timber investigated.

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery Zoom on Patrick John Hillery The question of restrictive trade practices in relation to the supply of timber was investigated in detail by the Fair Trade Commission in the course of a public inquiry held in 1953 and 1954 into the supply and distribution of building materials and components. Following the report of the Inquiry, the Minister for Industry and Commerce made an Order entitled the Restrictive Trade Practices (Building Materials) Order, 1955, which came into force on 26th April, 1956. This Order prohibits restrictions on entry to the trade, resale price maintenance and collective price fixing in relation to building materials, including timber.

I have no evidence that the terms of the Order are not being adhered to or that restrictive trade practices on the part of the Timber Trade Federation of the United Kingdom or other trade associations are leading to an undue increase in the price of timber. If the Deputy is in a position to furnish any such evidence to me, I shall have the matter fully investigated.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish I have no intention of doing that. Could the Minister not make an inquiry himself?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery Zoom on Patrick John Hillery As I said, I shall seek to discover this, but, if the Deputy has any information to which I have not got access, then he should make it available to me.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish Has the Minister caused any investigations to be made to discover whether or not this Order is abided by?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery Zoom on Patrick John Hillery Yes.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish He just makes the Order and sits back.

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery Zoom on Patrick John Hillery It is the Deputy who is sitting back.

[37]Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish Zoom on Brendan Corish I am not going to do the Minister's job for him.

Mr. S. Dunne: Information on Seán Dunne Zoom on Seán Dunne There is a powerful lot of irresponsibility around this House today.


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