HC Deb 08 August 1919 vol 119 cc844-5

(1) The salaries of the Commissioners, and the salaries or remuneration of their officers and servants and all expenses incurred by the Commissioners in the exercise of their powers and the performance of duties under this Act, shall be defrayed out of a fund to be called the Forestry Fund.

(2) There shall be paid into the Forestry Fund— [(a) the sums issued out of the Consolidated Fund under this Section; and (b)] all sums received by the Commissioner in respect of the sale of any land or timber or otherwise received by the Commissioners in respect of any transactions carried out by them in the exercise of their powers and duties under this Act.


I beg to move, in Sub-section (2), after the word "Fund" ["into the Forestry Fund"], to insert (a) during the ten years immediately succeeding the first day of April, nineteen hundred and. nineteen, the sum of three million five hundred thousand pounds in such annual amounts as Parliament may from time to time determine; and (b). That will have the effect of doing two things. It will, first of all, give a guarantee of a certain sum spread over a period which will enable the Commissioners to get on with a considered policy. In the second place it will retain the control of Parliament, because the amount to be spent in each single year will have to be brought to this House by a Vote, and can be discussed, and the policy involved during the year can also be discussed. It has been rather difficult to devise a form of words which would meet both of these objects, foul with the assent of the Treasury this particular Amendment has been drafted, and I hope, as it satisfies the; Treasury, it may also satisfy the general wish of the House.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 9 (Power of Entry to Inspect Land, etc.), 10 (Pensions), and 11 (Short Title end Commencement)ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The following Clause stood on the Paper in the name of Mr. G. MURRAY: