HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 c2318W
Mr. Palmer

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, the acreage of private woodlands which they assume in their Report will be acquired by the State in the first decade; and what proportion of the total of private woodlands, excluding small woods, this acreage would represent?

Sir G. Courthope

To carry out the desirable programme recommended in the Forestry Commissioners' Report, it is estimated that 950,000 acres should be acquired for "replanting" during the first post-war decade. It is expected that at least one-third of this area will be acquired by long lease or feu; it is hoped that the use of compulsory powers will not be necessary. 950,000 acres is about one-half of the total area of private woodlands, which it is estimated will be available for the production of commercial timber.