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Timber Felling, Sarawak

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to ensure that the operations of private concerns felling timber in Sarawak shall conform with approved working plans which ensure the maintenance of a sustained yield.

In all "demarcated forests," which form the permanent forest estate of the Colony, timber fellings are under the law controlled by licence which stipulates amongst other things that operations must conform to a working plan for sustained yield approved by the Conservator of Forests.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that some misgivings have been expressed in professional circles as to the effect of the present Regulations, and will he look at this matter again?