HC Deb 10 March 1943 vol 387 cc662-3
52. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware of the concern expressed by the City of Stoke-on-Trent at the instructions given for the cutting down of practically the whole of the trees in the Trentham area; why this area was selected before the big estates and woods throughout the country, which are many miles from industrial centres, while Trentham is the main one left in North Staffordshire and was to be developed for the benefit of the industrial population; and whether he will give further consideration to this?

The Minister of Supply (Sir Andrew Duncan)

No instructions have been issued for the cutting down of trees in the Trentham area. Consideration is, however, being given, in consultation with the local authority, to the possibility of felling a certain number of trees in the area.

Mr. Smith

Will the Minister take the views of local authorities into consideration?

Sir A. Duncan

Certainly, we are having a meeting with local authorities next week.

Mr. Lawson

Have the Government any policy with regard to replanting trees for amenity purposes in various parts of the country where, in industrial areas, trees break the effect of the harshness of industry?

Sir A. Duncan

That Question will have to be directed to another Department.

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