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Woodlands (Conversion)

Volume 416: debated on Monday 19 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that owners of felled woodlands and worn-out coppice land in the southern counties would like, where circumstances are favourable, to convert the areas in question into fruit or arable land; and if he will arrange with the War Department to sell bulldozers no longer required for military purposes to war agricultural executive committees so that they may be hired by landowners for this purpose.

In the only case of which I am aware, my Department was able to obtain the loan from the War Department of large crawler tractors with bulldozers for this work, but the arrangements were not completed because the landowner considered the hiring charges uneconomic.