The Forestry Commission, for which my right hon. Friend is responsible, already provides extensive assistance to the Ministry of Transport in its very large programme of planting and maintenance of trees on motorways and trunk roads. He will be pleased to continue or extend this service in consultation with his right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Wales and the Minister of Transport.
Would my hon. Friend consult with the Ministry of Transport on this very important matter? Is he aware that the Minister of Transport previously stated that the reason why rose bushes, which are so important in the prevention of accidents in this context, have not been planted before is that not sufficient land was provided between the two carriageways? Will he see that something is done in this direction? Is he—
Order. Would the hon. Member for Leicester, North-West (Sir B. Janner) not agree that it might be wise to stop his supplementary there in order to avoid trespassing on his later Question, No. 57?
I do not mind looking at anything, but I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will realise that my responsibilities are limited in this sense only to providing the material.
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In respect of the statement you have just made, I was referring particularly to the provision of trees, which do come within the scope of the Minister's duties. I do not know whether the Minister of Transport himself can provide the trees without my right hon. Friend's assistance; that is why I asked the question.
I do not wish to mislead the hon. Member. I heard so much about the roses. We will have to exclude them. Meantime, I call Mr. Geoffrey Wilson, and will come back to the hon. Gentleman.