HC Deb 15 July 1948 vol 453 cc135-6W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will review the present policy of the Forestry Commissioners whereby in the county of Denbigh serious inroads are being made on hill-farming land and particularly on rough enclosed pastures for afforestation.

Mr. Williams

There is close liaison between officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Forestry. Commission, and the respective claims of food and timber production are carefully weighed before any land is taken for afforestation. The plantable land at the disposal of the Forestry Commissioners in Denbigh is only 2.7 per cent. of the total area of the county, and I am satisfied that no avoidable inroads are being made on agricultural land.