HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 c89W
Mr. J. Wells

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the ratio of acreage of agricultural land, however poor, acquired for afforestation, to acreage of woodland, however poor, acquired for replanting and improvement by the Forestry Commission since the publication of their last report.

Mr. John Hare

Of the total acreage of plantable land acquired by the Commission in Great Britain between 1st October, 1959, and 31st March, 1960, 70 per cent. was bare agricultural land, 28 per cent. former woodland and 2 per cent. existing woods.