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Forestry Commission (Land Acquisition)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st February 1955.

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Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East 12:00 am, 1st February 1955

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to increase the acquisition of land in Scotland by the Forestry Commission so that new planting of timber may be maintained.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

Joint rural development surveys covering 1½ million acres have been carried out since 1947 by the Forestry Commission and the Department of Agriculture for Scotland. As a result, 50,000 acres have been acquired or provisional arrangements made for acquisition. A further million acres are in course of being surveyed. In addition, over Scotland as a whole, Forestry Commission officers are continually inspecting land offered for sale, and this work is being intensified.

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

Will the Minister bear in mind the anxiety expressed by the Forestry Commissioners in their last Annual Report on this matter? Can he say whether, by the time that they make their next Annual Report, that anxiety will have been dispelled?

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

I cannot make any promises, but I think that we at least expect to maintain the acreage.