HC Deb 27 April 1961 vol 639 cc61-2W
Sir W. Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is now the total amount of Government money which has been expended on supporting forestry in this country; and what plans exist for the utilisation of the resulting forestry products including thinnings that will give the maximum economic return to the country.

Mr. Vane

From 1919, when the Forestry Commission was set up, until 30th September, 1960, the taxpayer had spent about £118,500,000 on forestry in Great Britain, including about £8 million on private forestry. Both the Forestry Commission and the private interests concerned are all the time exploring possible new markets and encouraging the growth of new timber-using industries, particularly those for thinnings.