§ Mr. T. HENDERSON
asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, how many men are employed on afforestation in Scotland; what are the names and whereabouts of the estates at present being planted; and whether negotiations are proceeding for the acquisition of further estates or the planting of privately-owned lands?
§ Sir L. FORESTIER-WALKER
The number of persons employed by the Forestry Commissioners on afforestation in Scotland is 893. The Commissioners are planting 6,570 acres this season in 51 forests in Scotland and have approved as eligible for grants 139 schemes on private estates. I have handed to the hon. Member for Tradeston a list of these forests and estates. The Commissioners are negotiating for the acquisition of further estates and, while they do not plant privately-owned lands, they provide grants for the planting of such land, subject to compliance with the Grants Scheme Regulations.