Forestry Land

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1965.

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Photo of Mr John Rodgers Mr John Rodgers , Sevenoaks 12:00 am, 8th March 1965

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources whether he will require local planning authorities to notify him before granting planning permission for development of forestry land or land suitable for afforestation in a manner similar to the practice where development of agricultural land is concerned.

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

My right hon. Friend is considering this and similar points in reviewing the arrangements about the use of land for forestry.

Photo of Mr John Rodgers Mr John Rodgers , Sevenoaks

But what is the point of transferring a function of forestry to the hon. Gentleman's Ministry if he has rot yet made any plans whatever to deal with this very important industry? Surely, he should have some plans now to issue administrative instructions to local planning authorities so that they can seek his advice on these very important matters?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

Perhaps the hon. Member does not realise that arrangements already exist with local authorities. We are merely considering ways in which this can be strengthened.