HC Deb 24 October 1944 vol 404 cc25-6
48. Mr. Parker

asked the Prime Minister whether any decision has yet been taken as to the future programme of work put forward by the Forestry Commission.

58. Lady Apsley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is now in a position to make any statement on the intentions of the Government with regard to large scale measures of reafforestation at an early date.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Sir John Anderson)

I have been asked to reply. Post-war forestry policy is now under consideration. The Government are not yet in a position to make any announcement on the subject.

Mr. Parker

When are the Government likely to make any decision on the subject?

Sir J. Anderson

Very soon, I think.

Mr. Shinwell

Is there any truth in the rumour that forestry is to be handed over to the Department of Agriculture? If so, will my right hon. Friend take into account the fact that the Forestry Commission, on the whole, have done exceptionally good work?

Sir J. Anderson

I cordially agree with the sentiment which my hon. Friend has just expressed. As to the other matter, I have said that the Government are not in a position to make any statement.