HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 c562W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye as representing the Forestry Commissioners how many acres of land in Scotland are now owned by the Forestry Commission; how many acres of that area have been planted; and to what use the unplanted areas are being put?

Sir G. Courthope

Five hundred and eighty thousand acres of land are now owned by the Forestry Commission in Scotland. One hundred and forty-seven thousand acres have been planted. The unplanted areas so far as they are of economic value are put to productive uses. Part is used for farming and part for forest workers' holdings. The rest of the unplantable land is useless owing to exposure, unsuitable soil or other adverse conditions. Thirty-five thousand acres in Argyllshire are used as a national forest park.