HC Deb 05 August 1943 vol 391 cc2456-7
46. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Minister without Portfolio when it is proposed to introduce legislation generally to implement the recommendations contained in the Report of His Majesty's Forestry Commissioners?

Sir W. Jowitt

It will not be necessary to introduce any legislation, save perhaps on quite minor matters, to implement the Report of the Forestry Commissioners unless some alteration in the constitution or powers of the Commission is considered desirable. The proposals for dedication are now under discussion between the Forestry Commissioners and the various interests they have promised to consult; and the Government cannot come to any final decision until these discussions are concluded.

Mr. Dugdale

Has the right hon. and learned Gentleman seen the Motion in the names of 50 hon. Members, calling for some early action, and when will the Government be able to announce that some action is actually to be taken?

Sir W. Jowitt

I hope in the not far-distant future, but it is obviously premature to start upon this matter until the discussions which have been promised have taken place.

Mr. Shinwell

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that this constant reiteration of the statement that the Government cannot take action is becoming rather monotonous?