Oral Answers to Questions — Afforestation, Wales (English Officials).

– in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Richards Mr Robert Richards , Wrexham

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether his attention has been called to the preponderating number of English officials employed on the forestry plantations in Wales; what is the reason for this; and will he see to it that this is redressed by the appointment of Welsh foremen?

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

Sixty-three per cent. of the officials employed in Forestry Commission plantations in Wales are Welsh. Consequently there is not a preponderating number of English. Welsh officials are also employed in England, such interchanges being both desirable and necessary in the interests of the Forest Service as a whole.

Photo of Mr Robert Richards Mr Robert Richards , Wrexham

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that, in view of the large number of Welsh employees, considerable inconvenience is involved through their having English officials placed over them?

Photo of Sir George Courthope Sir George Courthope , Rye

I am not aware of that.