HC Deb 24 March 1952 vol 498 cc18-9W
Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the progress in afforestation in Scotland to date; and the programme for the future in terms of development and likely numbers to be employed, with an estimate of the phasing of the developments.

Mr. J. Stuart

The total area of plantations belonging to the Forestry Commission in Scotland is about 290,000 acres, and the number of workers employed by them is about 4,200.

The Commission are at present planting at the rate of about 30,000 acres a year, and hope to increase this rate to 40,000 acres by 1956. This will involve an increase in the number of workers employed to about 5,000.