Forestry, Ross and Cromarty

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1950.

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Photo of Sir John Macleod Sir John Macleod , Ross and Cromarty 12:00 am, 2nd May 1950

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of the 18,300 acres of land in Ross and Cromarty, acquired under the Forestry Act, 1945, consists of land where timber was felled between 1939-49; and how many acres of this land have been replanted.

Photo of Mr Thomas Fraser Mr Thomas Fraser , Hamilton

The approximate figures are 850 acres and 300 acres respectively.

Photo of Sir John Macleod Sir John Macleod , Ross and Cromarty

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?

Photo of Mr Thomas Fraser Mr Thomas Fraser , Hamilton

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.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire

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?