§ Sir G. Jeffreys
asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether the increased estimate of £970,000 for 1943, as against £892,000 for 1942, for forestry operations, represents actual reafforestation; and, if so, where this extra afforestation is being carried out?
§ Sir G. Courthope
The increase in the estimate for forestry operations for 1943 is not due to planting and replanting programmes which are in fact on a reduced scale, but to the preparation of larger quantities of forest produce for war purposes, to more intensive measures of forest protection, to maintenance of larger areas of young plantations and to increased nursery work in preparation for post-war planting.