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The New Forest—Question

Volume 203: debated on Tuesday 26 July 1870

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said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether, pending the consideration of the course to be pursued with reference to the New Forest and other Forests of the Crown, the Treasury will advise the Commissioners of Woods and Forests to abstain during this season from proceeding with additional planting in the New Forest?

said, in reply, that the Government could not take the course suggested by his hon. Friend, because the powers exercised by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests were statutory powers.

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether the inquiry into the condition of the Crown Lands in the New Forest has been completed, and whether there will be any objection to lay such Report upon the Table of the House?

said, in reply, that he had promised that this Report should be dealt with confidentially, and therefore he could not lay it upon the Table.