HC Deb 06 December 1968 vol 774 c569W
Mrs. Ewing

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he intends that the present location of the Forestry Commission head office in the south of England is to remain there for the next live years; what consideration has been given to resiting the head office to take account of the greater potential of the industry in Scotland; and whether he intends to install a computer in the present head office.

Mr. John Mackie

As regards the first two points in the hon. Member's Question I would refer her to the Answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State today. As regards the last point the Commission already has two computers at its main Research Station, but I understand that the need for further facilities is under review.

Mr. Booth

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which regulations in his Department restrict employment to persons of particular birth, citizenship, descent or residence in the Forestry Commission.

Mr. John Mackie

None, but I am aware that the Forestry Commission only recruits as permanent members of its staff people who would be eligible under the nationality rules governing permanent recruitment to the home Civil Service. The rules do not impede the recruitment of British citizens born in other countries who are legally resident here.