§ 28. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the Report of the Watson Committee on timber marketing is to be published.
30. Sir I. Orr-Ewing
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether the Committee set up by him to examine and report on the position as regards the conversion and marketing of home-grown timber has yet reported; and when the report will be published.
The Report, which is dated May, 1956, was sent to the Ministers jointly responsible for forestry matters early in July last. I hope that it will be published early in December.
Sir I. Orr-Ewing
Is that not really a long time between the reception of the Report and its publication, because this is now becoming a very urgent matter? Could my right hon. Friend give some 1056 assurance that the matter is receiving the urgent attention which it really deserves, not only from the point of view of the Forestry Commission, where vast sums of public money are invested, but also from the point of view of the private forester?
I agree that it is an important Report. I sent it on for printing very shortly after I received it. There has been no avoidable delay.