said, he would beg in the absence of his hon. Friend (Mr. Fawcett) to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he can promise that no sale or other permanent appropriation of Crown Land in the New Forest shall take place until Parliament has had an opportunity of expressing its opinion on the subject?
replied that there could be no considerable sale or appropriation of land without an Act of Parliament for disafforesting the New Forest. There was a limited power under the Act 10 Geo. IV., c. 50, enabling the Commissioners, under certain conditions, to alienate small portions of the forest not exceeding in value £1,000, but there was not the slightest chance that any considerable appropriation would be made.