HC Deb 25 January 1972 vol 829 cc380-1W
Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will end the practice of the Forestry Commission requiring that a licence should be obtained before trees affected by elm disease are felled, in view of the fact that this requirement, by delaying felling, increases the risk of infection spreading to other trees.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

In the great majority of cases, including those where a felling notice has been served by a local authority, licences are not required for felling infectious elms. There is, however, one remaining technical exception, which the Forestry Commission is seeking to remove in regulations which will be shortly laid before Parliament. I would like to emphasise that only recently dead or very badly affected elms need be felled in order to check the spread of the disease, as these are the source of infection.

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Blaenpenal and District Agricultural Co-operative Society 1 1.00
Brandsby Agricultural Trading Association 1 1.00
Carmarthen Farmers Co-operative Society Ltd. 4 1.00
Clynderwen and District Farmers Association Ltd. 1 1.00
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Eastern Counties Farmers Ltd. 80 20.00
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Foel Agricultural Co-operative Society Ltd. 1 0.50
Gloucestershire Marketing Society 250 250.00
Haverfordwest Agricultural Co-operative Society Ltd. 1 1.00
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Kent Wool Growers Limited 1 1.00
Kintyre Farmers Ltd. 5 5.00
Littleton & Badsey Growers Ltd. 150½ 150.50
Lyonesse Growers Ltd. 1 1.00
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National Seeds Development Organisation Ltd. 8 8.00
North Cardiganshire Farmers Co-operative Society 2 2.00
North Devon Farmers Trading Society 2 8.00
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