§ 55. Mr. FIELD
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) what arrangements are being made to prevent the cutting down of trees in Ireland; and whether he is in a position to give information as to the measures proposed to be carried out this season for replanting and acquiring land useless for other purposes?
§ Mr. SAMUELS
It is not desirable that steps should be taken to prevent the felling of trees which are needed for war purposes. Care should, however, be taken that sheltering should be preserved for holdings. As already stated in reply to several previous questions on this subject, the Department of Agriculture have under consideration measures to secure that in felling timber due regard is had to the necessity for making provision for replanting. As the planting season has now practically ended no special action can be taken for replanting at present. The importance of the subject is fully recognised and the matter will continue to receive careful attention.