HC Deb 10 May 1948 vol 450 c1732
54. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Agriculture how far the import of forest tree seed into this country is at present the monopoly of the Forestry Commission.

Mr. T. Williams

At present, the Forestry Commission imports all seed of Corsican pine, Sitka pruce, Douglas fir and Japanese larch. This is by arrangement with representatives of the nursery trade associations and private owners.

Mr. Vane

Is the Minister aware that no seed of the Douglas fir has been imported this year, and does he imagine that that is the right way to see that proper quantities are available?

Mr. Williams

The woodland owners do not share the hon. Member's opinion, or they would not have invited the Forestry Commission to undertake the job.

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