HC Deb 24 July 1946 vol 426 c25
36. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what prohibitions there are in Nyasaland on the felling of trees that would normally provide timber suitable for the construction of native houses; and what are the reasons for these prohibitions.

Mr. George Hall

In State forest reserves and unalienated Crown land the cutting of trees is prohibited without prior permission. In Native trust lands, subject to certain exceptions necessary for conservation purposes, resident natives may cut trees without licence in any area for use as building material, and other natives may exercise the same right with the consent of the native authority concerned. These rules are based on the normal principles of forestry, with a view to preserving the natural resources of the country.

Mr. Skinnard

Is the Colonial Secretary satisfied that the areas where they may cut are sufficient to provide the normal accommodation?

Mr. Hall

I think that is the precaution I have referred to.