§ 73. Mr. RILEY
asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, the total acreage of land afforested under the auspices of the Forestry Commissioners in Great Britain since 1919; the number of forest holdings actually created and occupied; and the number of men at present engaged in the work of afforestation?
§ Sir LEOLIN FORESTIER-WALKER (Forestry Commissioner)
The area planted by the Forestry Commissioners to the end of the 1925–26 planting season was 71,000 acres; to February the area was 81,000 acres, and by the end of the current season should be 93,000 acres; the number of forest workers' holdings created and occupied in 243; 159 additional holdings are in progress; the number of persons employed by the Commissioners in February in the work of afforestation was 2,952.
§ Sir L. FORESTIER-WALKER
If the hon. Member makes the calculation 80,000 acres at five per 1,000 acres, we have 243 holdings occupied, and another 159 in progress.
§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
Will the hon. Gentleman tell us the average acreage allowed for each one of these small holdings that has been created?