HC Deb 01 April 1969 vol 781 c86W
Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Wales in view of the threatened redundancies in forestry employment in Wales, if he will take steps to set up suitable Government-owned timber-using manufacturing plants, to prevent further unemployment or depopulation in the parts of rural Wales affected by these redundancies.

Mr. George Thomas

The hon. Member's Question suggests that he overestimates the fall in employment in forestry (which will entail relatively few actual redundancies) and under-estimates the scale on which timber-using factories have to operate to be economic. But, in any case, existing timber-using industries are capable of expanding to absorb all the production from Welsh forests in the foreseeable future.