HC Deb 09 March 1925 vol 181 c928

asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what are the intentions of the Government with regard to afforestation; and how many acres it is proposed to plant during the present year?

Mr. FORESTIER-WALKER (for the Forestry Commissioners)

It is intended to complete the afforestation by the State of 150,000 acres in the 10-year period ending 1929, as contemplated in the Final Report of the Forestry Sub-Committee of the Reconstruction Committee (ed. 8881 of 1918). It is anticipated that in the same period 100,000 acres, as suggested in the Report referred to, will be afforested by local authorities and others with State assistance. During the current season the Commissioners are planting approximately 14,000 acres; the programme for the season 1925–26 is 18,000 acres.