HC Deb 06 August 1940 vol 364 c21
44. Mr. Touche

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the widespread destruction of fine trees by the military in a certain district in Surrey, of which he has been informed; and whether he will give an assurance that such destruction will be limited to military necessities and that, subject to this, regard will be given to the preservation of the amenities of this district?

Mr. Eden

I am advised that the destruction of trees to which my hon. Friend refers is required in the interests of defence. I can, however, assure him that the most explicit instructions have been issued for the avoidance of any unnecessary interference with amenities.