HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 cc106-7W
Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Agriculture the present acreage planted or plantable at Thetford Chase, Kielder, and Loch Ard forests.

Mr. T. Williams

The figures asked for are:

Forest Total Plantable Land Planted to 30th September, 1946 Still to be Planted.
acres. acres. acres.
Thetford Chase 41,026 30,899 10,127
Kielder 37,778 18,306 19,472
Loch Ard 16,783 7,396 9,387

Mr. Sharp

asked the Minister of Agriculture what approximate increase in forestry planting has taken place in the year ended 30th September, 1946, over that of the previous year; what are the comparative figures as regards clear fellings and thinning operations; and to what extent there has been an increase in the labour force engaged in forestry work.

Mr. T. Williams

The comparative figures, which are for State forests only, are:

Year Ending
30th September, 1945. 30th September, 1946.
Acres. Acres.
Planted or sown 6,510 10,421
Felled 2,568 1,411
Thinned 8,221 10,838
Number Number
Forest workers employed. 4,921 6,771
It is regretted that figures for private estates are not available.

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