HC Deb 14 December 1926 vol 200 cc2793-5W

asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what estates are being planted by the Forestry Commission; where they are situated; what are the wages paid to the established and the unestablished workers; what wages are paid to the workers in the Parkhurst Forest, Isle of Wight; whether they are paid for wet time; and what have been the average wages of these workers during the months of September, October, and November of this year?


The following areas are being planted by the Forestry Commission:

County and Forest Units.

England and Wales.

  • Bedford—Ampthill.
  • Berks—Bramshill.
  • Bucks—Salcey.
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  • Chester—Delamere.
  • Cornwall—Bodrnin.
  • Cumberland— Ennerdale and Thornthwaite.
  • Devon—Eggesford, Haldon, and Halwill. Dorset—Wareham.
  • Durham—Chopwell.
  • Gloucester—Dean and Dymock. Hants—Alice Holt, Bramshill, New, and Ringwood.
  • Hereford—Haugh and Mortimer.
  • Kent—Bedgebury and Lyminge.
  • Lincoln—Bourne and Laughton.
  • Norfolk—Swaffham and Swanton.
  • Yorthants — Brackley Hatch, Rockingham, Salcey, and Westhay.
  • Northumberland — North Tyne Valley and Rothbury.
  • Yotts—Clipstone.
  • Salop—Walccrt.
  • Somerset—Exmoor and Quantocks. Stafford—Cannock Chase.
  • Suffolk — Rendlesham and Thetford Chase.
  • Surrey—Chiddingfold and Churt. Sussex—Friston.
  • Worcester—W y re.
  • Yorks—Allerston and Selby.
  • Brecknock—Brccon.
  • Carnarvon—Bcddgelert and Gwydyr.
  • Glamorgan—Llantrisant, Margam, and Rheola.
  • Merioneth — Corris Valley, Cynwyd, Dovey, Hafod Fawr, Hcngwrt, and Vaughan.
  • Monmouth — Chepstow, Llanoyer, and Tintern.
  • Montgomery—Kerry.
  • Radnor—Radn or.


  • Aberdeen—The Bin, Deer, K emnay, Kirkhill, and Midmar.
  • Argyll — Ardgarten, Barcaldine, Benmore, Gledbranter, Glenduror, Glenfinart, Glenhurich, Inverliever, and Salen.
  • Dumfries—Closchurn,Monaughty, Ordiequish, and Teindland.
  • Fife—Edensmuir, Tentsmuir, Torloisk.
  • Forfar—Montreathmont.
  • Inverness — Craig-nan-Eun, Craig Phadrig, Culloden, Glengarry, Glen-more, Glen Righ, Glenurquhart, Inchnacardooh, Nevis, Port Clair, Ratagan, and S. Laggan.
  • Kincardine—Drumtochty
  • Kinross—Blairadam.
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  • Eircudbright—Aucheninnes, Fairgirth, New Galloway, and Screel Hill. Peebles—Glentress.
  • Perth—Drummond Hill.
  • Ross—Achriashellach, Findon, Glenshiel, Inverinate, Kessock, North Strome,
  • Slattadale, and South Strone. Roxburgh—Newcastleton.
  • Sutherland—Borgie.

The wages paid to head foresters and Grade I foresters (established) range from £150 to £270 per annum, to Grade II (60 per cent. established), from £120 to £150 per annum, and to foremen (unestablished), from 42s. to 45s. per week; to forest workers employed on day work the wages vary with the local agricultural wage and are comparable therewith. A large amount of work is done at piece rates which enable the men to increase their earnings. The average wage paid to the workers in the Parkhurst Forest, based on earnings for the last three months, was 37s. 7½d.; per man per week; they are not paid for wet time when on piece work, but they are paid for wet time when on day work; the average wage of these workers during each of the months of September, October and November of this year were respectively 36s., 39s. 6d. and:37s. 1d. per man per week.