§ SIR HENRY SELWIN-IBBETSON
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, If he is aware that the timber in High Beach, a part of Epping Forest, is being marked previous to being cut down by private people; and, if so, whether he is prepared to take any steps to restrain such action till the question as to the inclosure of Epping Forest has been decided?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
Sir, it is not in my power, even if I were willing, to take any steps in 1876 the matter. The House is aware that the Government have no property in the land of Epping Forest, but only certain forestal rights over it. In the part of the forest where they are cutting down the timber even these forestal rights have been extinguished, and the Government has no legal power to interfere.