HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 cc2367-8W

asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, how many schemes for afforestation have been approved up to date by the Commission under the Forestry Commission unem- ployment scheme, 1922–23; where they are situate; and what is the amount of the grant made in each case?


364 grants schemes for afforestation have been approved this winter by the Forestry Commissioners. The schemes are situate in 33 counties in England, 26 in Scotland and 12 in Wales. No money payments have yet been made as payments are subject to legislation and to the completion of the work which is being done under the schemes. The approved applications are for grants amounting to a total of £49,535.


also asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, on what grounds the Commission have declined to approve of the scheme put forward by the afforestation committee in Cardiganshire; and whether, in view of the importance of assisting in the reafforestation of the county and the necessity of relieving unemployment, the Commission will be prepared to reconsider their decision?


No application for a grant in respect of any scheme for afforestation has been received by the Forestry Commissioners from any committee in Cardiganshire. Last September the Cardiganshire Agricultural Committee asked the Commissioners to undertake afforestation in the county; at the time the Commissioners had no authority to acquire any land. The area which the Commissioners were subsequently authorised to acquire was strictly limited, and land more suitable for affiorestation than that available at the time in Cardiganshire was available in other parts of the country where unemployment was rife. The Commissioners now, however, have under consideration certain areas in Cardiganshire with a view to acquisition next financial year, and they are prepared to consider any offers of suitable land in the county.

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