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Wales

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 30 November 1950

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49.

asked the Minister of Agriculture what are the publicity methods of the Forestry Commission in Wales to inform the public of the need of afforestation, and where, and how, this is to be carried out.

Publicity on forestry in Wales has consisted of statements to the Press and B.B.C., visits by the Press to forest operations at the invitation of the Forestry Commission, publication of booklets and pamphlets (in both English and Welsh), addresses and talks to official and voluntary organisations concerned with Welsh affairs, and the staging of exhibits at agricultural shows in Wales.

In view of the widespread protest in Wales about the action of the Ministry of Agriculture with regard to afforestation, would not the Minister agree that it would be better if he asked one of his officers in Wales to deal with public relations only?

So many meetings have been held in various parts of Wales, particularly in connection with forestry, that I do not think the sending of a publicity officer to Wales would have the desired effect.