Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a strong feeling throughout the country generally that these war scars which disfigure the countryside should be cleared up, and that replanting should take place as soon as possible and before the Forestry Commission acquire any further land, particularly agricultural land?
Yes, that is true, but owing to the risk of damage to young conifer plantations by insect pests, it is desirable to leave these plantations for a few years before replanting them.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of these have been left for more than six years, which I believe is what is required in dealing with these particular pests?