HC Deb 29 April 1958 vol 587 c180
32. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what quantities of trees have been recently disposed of by the Forestry Commission to landlords in the Mauchline district of Ayrshire; and at what price.

Mr. Maclay

Since 1st October, 1957, the Forestry Commission has sold 18,300 transplants to landowners within ten miles of Mauchline. All sales were made at the retail prices agreed for the various species by the nursery trade.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

As Lord Strathclyde is a constituent of mine, may I ask the Minister whether he was overcharged? Can the right hon. Gentleman also tell me what quality of trees they were that needed to be planted on good agricultural land without giving the farmer more than 24 hours' notice?

Mr. Maclay

I do not see the name of my noble Friend on the Order Paper. I understand that the trees sold in the area were Sitka spruce and Norway spruce.