HC Deb 07 February 1973 vol 850 c127W
Mr. Cormack

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the latest estimate of the number of trees felled because of Dutch elm disease.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

On the basis of the last returns received from local authorities the Forestry Commission estimates that about 170,000 dead and dying elms were felled by the end of September 1972 in the areas worst affected by the disease.