Feb 22 2016

Bob Blackman MP Supports Local Timber Industries in Parliament

bob_blackmanBob Blackman MP Supports Local Timber Industries in Parliament

Bob Blackman MP for East Harrow has joined a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Timber Industries. The new APPG held its AGM on 9 February 2016 at the House of Commons. The group aims to help grow the use of timber and develop vibrant timber based industries. More than 40 Parliamentarians have already registered as members.

Timber Industries, including timber and builders merchants from East Harrow, contribute substantially to the UK Construction and Manufacturing Industries, providing around 150,000 jobs across the skills spectrum and adding value of c£20bn to the UK economy. The new APPG will help promote timber as the most sustainable and renewable building material and develop new measures to grow the whole timber industries supply chain. Parliamentarians also want to encourage more young people to choose a career in the timber industries.

Bob Blackman said: “I am glad to be a member of this new Parliamentary group helping to develop a major sector like the UK timber industry. The extensive distribution of timber businesses across the UK makes this industry particularly relevant for housing construction in local communities in Harrow. I will endeavour to promote the use of timber UK wide but I am committed to supporting woodlands and timber businesses in my constituency in particular.”

Peter Hindle MBE, Chairman of the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) said: “We are pleased that Steven and his fellow officers have put together a strong all-party group of parliamentary colleagues who will actively support the timber industries. The CTI has been asked by the APPG to provide secretarial support for the group and are happy to assist and inform where we can.”

In total 43 parliamentarians (38 MPs and 5 peers) have already expressed an interest in the new APPG including 25 Conservatives, 10 Labour, 3 SNP, 2 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP and 1 Liberal Democrat.

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