§ 2.39 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask His Majesty's Government, of the 1,600 felling licence applications refused by the Forestry Commission during 1950:
- (a) How many were withheld in respect of timber which, though mature, could not be licensed within the quota;
- (b) How many have been granted as a result of subsequent applications;
- (c) How many is it estimated, assuming applications are re-submitted, will have been granted by September 30, 1953.
§ THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF AGRI-CULTURE AND FISHERIES (THE EARL OF LISTOWEL)
My Lords, the records of licences and applications under the Defence Regulations are not classified in the categories set out by the noble Earl in his Question, and the figures which I shall give are to some extent estimated. Licence applications withheld during 1950 in respect of timber which, though mature, could not be licensed within the quota, totalled 469 and involved 3,855,500 cubic feet. Of these, 297, covering 3,122,900 cubic feet, have been granted this year, and it is estimated that 167 covering 670,700 cubic feet will be granted before the end of September, 1953.