HC Deb 31 October 1939 vol 352 cc1769-70W
Mr. Emery

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether he will transfer temporarily most of the departmental heads and indoor staffs of the Forestry Commission to the new departments set up to deal with schemes connected with the war in view of the restricted powers of the Commission in war-time?

Sir G. Courthope

The Forestry Commission organisation and approximately one-half of the staff of all grades have already been placed at the disposal of the Ministry of Supply in connection with the production of home-grown timber. In that connection the following commissioners are rendering active assistance: the chairman Sir Roy Robinson, Mr. Walter Smith, Sir Samuel Strang Steel and Mr. W. L. Taylor.