HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 cc1934-5
56. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will give further details of his survey of small woodlands in parts of Wales, sometimes known as the Llandovery Scheme.

Mr. T. Williams

The Forestry Commission have been urging woodland owners in the Llandovery area to bring their woodlands into full production. Owners have been advised on the right treatment for their woodlands and have been given details of the dedication scheme and other schemes of assistance, and the Forestry Commission are trying to persuade them either to undertake the work themselves or to dispose of their land to the Commission. Five thousand four hundred and ninety-seven acres are involved, in 186 ownerships, and so far 37 owners have agreed to dispose of their properties—totalling 897 acres of woodlands—to the Commission. The other owners are still considering the matter.

Mr. Vane

Is not one of the objects of this survey to persuade the small occupiers, in the main, to sell part of their land to the Forestry Commission? Is it intended to carry out any form of close survey over the whole country?

Mr. Williams

As I have already explained, the object is to advise woodland owners of the best means of production in these regions and to encourage them either to do the work themselves or to sell the land to the Forestry Commission, so that the best use can be made of it.

Mr. Vane

Would the Minister answer the second part of my Question?

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