§ 12. Mr. SCURR
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that considerable forest fires have taken place in Cyprus due to the inefficient administration of the island; and whether, in view of the serious loss occasioned to the island, he will have an inquiry made into the conduct of the administration?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
It appeared from an inquiry held last summer that the fires were caused by shepherds who resented the action of the forest officers in preventing the destruction of the forests by excessive grazing of goats therein. No further inquiry would appear to be necessary.