HC Deb 16 January 1945 vol 407 c41W
Mr. Jackson

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what quantities of seedling and transplant trees they have available for sale; how many of these have so far been ordered by the trade and what it is proposed to do with any unsold surplus.

Sir G. Courthope

The estimated surpluses at the beginning of the season were approximately 13,000,000 transplants and 29,000,000 seedlings and to 10th January, 1945, the latest date for which figures have been compiled, orders have been received for 1,800,000 transplants and 1,500,000 seedlings. As regards surpluses for which no orders are received, every effort will be made to retain in the nurseries any plants for which there appears to be a future use but those which will undoubtedly be overgrown after a further season's growth will have to be destroyed.