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Forestry Commission (Report)

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 23 March 1943

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asked the Prime Minister whether the Report recently drawn up for the Government by the Forestry Commission will be published; and, if so, can he say when?

I have been asked to reply. As I informed my hon. Friend the Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Lawson) on 18th March, this matter will form one of the topics for consideration in the Government's post-war plans, and the question of publication will be considered in due course.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that great attention has been called to this matter in many reports, including the Scott Report? Will he give favourable consideration, and, if necessary, discuss the matter with the Prime Minister, to a suggestion that there should be a discussion of this Report as soon as possible, in view of the fact that we have not had a Debate on forestry for many years?

I say that the question whether it can be published will be considered.