HC Deb 18 May 1950 vol 475 c1393
60. Mr. Baldwin

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether before the Towy Valley Afforestation Scheme is proceeded with, the South Wales Conservancy Advisory Board will be consulted.

Mr. T. Williams

No, Sir. It is not one of the functions of these committees to advise on proposed acquisitions by the Forestry Commission.

Mr. Baldwin

Could the Minister say what is the value of this Conservancy Board if it is not to give advice on this subject, which is of extreme importance to the people whose land has been taken for afforestation?

Mr. Williams

It happens not to be one of the bodies which the Forestry Commission consult before they acquire land for afforestation.

Mr. Hopkin Morris

Will the right hon. Gentleman consult the Farmers' Union before he comes to a decision?

Mr. Williams

Not necessarily.