HC Deb 24 January 1956 vol 548 cc12-3
18. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Minister of Works if he will make a statement on his tree-planting policy for London's Royal Parks.

Mr. Buchan-Hepburn

I propose to continue the policy outlined by my predecessor in the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Poole (Captain Pilkington) on 15th November, 1955, namely, to plant in order to ensure continuity of the traditional landscape of the parks. The programme of planting is based on the recommendations of my Advisory Committee on Forestry which has made a thorough survey of the Royal Parks.

Wing Commander Bullus

Will my right hon. Friend give the House an assurance that for every tree he cuts down in the Royal Parks at least one new one will be planted?

Mr. Buchan-Hepburn

I can certainly give that assurance, and more besides.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that he has given up his love for the Guillotine and other cutting-down devices? Will he go in for a policy of planting more trees instead of cutting down more trees?

Mr. Buchan-Hepburn

I was never in love with an unnecessary Guillotine.

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