§ 36. Mr. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has fully considered the leasehold and building projects now contemplated by the Commissioners of Crown Lands in the Swinley Forest district, between Bracknell and Bagshot, which has hitherto been one of the most beautiful open spaces in the country; and whether he can give to the residents in Berkshire and to the public generally some assurance that the amenities of the district, especially trees and other natural forest beauties, and access for the public to this part of Berkshire will be preserved?
I have fully considered the proposals for the development of the Crown estate in the Swinley Forest district. The Commissioners have not lost sight of the fact that it is their duty, not only to the general public, but also for the purpose of improving the property under their charge, to preserve the rural amenities of the estate. No public rights exist over the land, but the Commissioners are not proposing at present to exclude the public from the unenclosed parts.