§ 41. Mr. Hannan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many private owners of forests entered into dedication schemes in 1954.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
Sixty-one new estates were dedicated in Scotland during the forest year ended 30th September, 1954.
§ Mr. Hannan
Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that this is a great decrease compared with the number in 1953? What steps is he taking to use his compulsory powers in these matters?
§ Mr. Stuart
I personally am averse to taking compulsory powers. The Forestry Commission is doing its best. There has not been a great difference in acreage compared with two years ago. Sixty-one estates account for 54,393 acres and we have 64 further estates in process of dedication.