§ 84. Sir H. Studholme
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he is now in a position to make a statement following the talks between his Department and the various interests concerned regarding control of afforestation in the National Parks.
§ 86. Sir G. Wills
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether he now proposes to introduce a form of control over afforestation in National Parks, either by voluntary agreement or by legislation.
§ Mr. Hayman
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what action he proposes to take on the request sent to him by the Council for the Preservation of Rural England that early action be taken on the problem of large-scale afforestation of open moorland, especially in the National Parks.
§ Sir K. Joseph
My right hon. Friend has been discussing this matter with the National Parks Commission and the Forestry Commission and he expects to be able to open discussions shortly with representatives of the timber growers. He is hopeful that as a result an acceptable voluntary scheme will be worked out. He would prefer that the possibilities of such a scheme should be explored before he considers other measures.