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Commonwealth Timber Resources

Volume 495: debated on Monday 11 February 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what steps he is taking to secure a long-term policy agreement for the conservation of the timber resources of the Commonwealth as a whole, and for their most efficient utilisation.

As far as I am aware the countries of the Commonwealth are taking such steps as are practicable to conserve timber resources and to promote their efficient utilisation.The appropriate measures have been fully discussed at successive meetings of the British Commonwealth Forestry Conference. The first of these conferences was called in 1920 on the invitation of H.M. Government in the United Kingdom and there have been further meetings at intervals of about five years in different countries of the Commonwealth. The next conference is due to be held in Canada in August of this year when problems relating to conservation of resources and utilisation will be further considered.