HC Deb 12 May 1908 vol 188 cc939-40

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will be in a position to state what he proposes to do to give effect to the unanimous Report recently issued by the Departmental Committee on Irish Forestry, having regard to the fact that that Committee expressed in the strongest way their sense of obligation which lies upon the State to act immediately in the matter in order to arrest the grievous mischief, loss, and waste which are going on and ought to be checked without delay, and to the fact that the Irish representatives in Parliament are unanimous in desiring that the moderate annual grant stated to be required should be provided at the earliest possible date.


The Report of the Committee is under the consideration of the Government, but I am afraid I cannot make any statement on the subject at present.


When considering this matter, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the absolutely unanimous character of the Report and also the fact that really everybody in Ireland is anxious that this question of forestry—so long neglected—should now be attended to?


Yes, Sir.