§ 19. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for a review of forest policy; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a feeling in Scotland now of a need for a much more rational plan for the Forestry Commission in its endeavours to acquire land not suitable for agriculture?
§ Mr. Hoy
Even if the Commission makes representations as to the purchase of more land and even if it has to take it compulsorily, it is entirely dependent on the Secretary of State whether permission is granted. Is it the intention to give more power to the Commission to allow it to get on with its own job?
§ Mr. Brewis
Will my right hon. Friend bring to the notice of his colleagues how much it would help the forestry industry if more home-grown timber could be used for such things as pit props, fencing and telegraph poles?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Is the Secretary of State aware that there is growing unemployment in the south-west of Scotland? Will he direct the attention of the Commission to the fact that a great deal of afforestation might be done, thus giving employment to unemployed miners?
§ Mr. Willis
As the Forestry Commission in Scotland is under the Secretary of State's direction, why should it be left to the Minister of Agriculture to make statements about its activities in Scotland?