HC Deb 23 May 1947 vol 437 c305W
Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Agriculture what information he is hoping to obtain from the new census of woodlands beyond a simple analysis of the present condition of existing crops; and why he is not obtaining this information by application to owners in the usual way.

Mr. T. Williams

The object of the census is to classify the woodlands, by area, according to species, age, type, stocking, quality and suitability for economic management. A strictly uniform classification on these lines is essential, and I am afraid it would not be practicable to obtain the information by direct application to owners.

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