HC Deb 14 June 1944 vol 400 cc1988-9W
Mr. R. Duckworth

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning to what extent the felling of trees on any large scale other than for strictly military purposes needs his approval.

Mr. H. Strauss

The felling of trees for timber production during the war is under the control of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply, who co-operates closely with my right hon. Friend in preserving, so far as the situation allows, areas where felling would be likely to injure amenity. Section 46 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1932, enables provisions for the protection of trees and woodlands to be inserted in planning schemes, and Section 8 of the Town and Country Planning (Interim Development) Act, 1943, empowers Interim Development Authorities to make interim preservation orders subject to the approval of the Minister.