HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 cc508-9
61. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has yet completed his detailed survey of the Towy Valley with a view to afforesting some parts of it; and when he expects to be able to place a copy of this survey, and of his proposed planting scheme, in the Library.

Mr. T. Williams

The survey on which I based my decision, that it was to the national advantage to devote the upper part of the Towy Valley primarily to afforestation, was made by officials of my Department and the Forestry Commission on the ground, and is not in a form in which it could be placed in the Library of the House. I have, however, arranged that a map, showing the Commission's provisional planting programme, and a copy of a Press notice issued on 18th November, 1949, should be displayed in the Library.

Mr. Vane

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that full details of this scheme will be available to objectors before the public inquiry is held in a few day's time, and that hon. Members have complete details of the scheme which may very easily be taken as a precedent?

Mr. Williams

All the details will be made available at the inquiry, which will take place on 5th December.

Mr. Baldwin

Will the Minister take the advice of the South Wales Conservancy Board, in view of the feeling engendered in that area in regard to this scheme?

Mr. Bowen

Will these details be presented by witnesses called by the Forestry Commission at the inquiry?

Mr. Williams

There will be no witnesses from the Forestry Commission.