HC Deb 02 May 1950 vol 474 c1561
25. Mr. J. MacLeod

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of the 18,300 acres of land in Ross and Cromarty, acquired under the Forestry Act, 1945, consists of land where timber was felled between 1939-49; and how many acres of this land have been replanted.

Mr. T. Fraser

The approximate figures are 850 acres and 300 acres respectively.

Mr. MacLeod

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a strong feeling throughout the country generally that these war scars which disfigure the countryside should be cleared up, and that replanting should take place as soon as possible and before the Forestry Commission acquire any further land, particularly agricultural land?

Mr. Fraser

Yes, that is true, but owing to the risk of damage to young conifer plantations by insect pests, it is desirable to leave these plantations for a few years before replanting them.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of these have been left for more than six years, which I believe is what is required in dealing with these particular pests?