§ Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the work of the Food and Agriculture Organisation Working Party on Afforestation and Re-afforestation of the European Forestry Commission.
§ Mr. John Hare
The Working Party was set up in 1952 by the European Forestry Commission of F.A.O. to advise on forestry programmes and policy. Its Seventh Session was held in the United Kingdom from 28th May to 6th June, 1958, at the invitation of Her Majesty's Government.
The Working Party, which meets annually, receives reports from member countries, reviews progress, studies problems of common interest and makes recommendations to its parent body. The main theme of the last Session, and of the study tour in England and Scotland which accompanied it, was the place of forestry in sound land use.
I will arrange for a copy of the report of the Seventh Session to be sent to the hon. Member when it is ready.