Written Answers. - Afforestation.

127.

asked the Minister for Lands the total acreage of land purchased each year since 1930 for forestry purposes; the acreage planted each year; and the amount paid out for the land acquired.

The particulars asked for are set out in the tabular statement below:—

Year

Acreage Acquired Gross

Acreage Planted

Amount spent (£'s) on purchase of land (a)

1930-31

2,030

3,565

12,841

1931-32

4,335

3,646

12,089

1932-33

3,900

3,564

7,002

1933-34

6,984

4,179

13,621

1934-35

18,157

5,511

38,022

1935-36

15,542

6,919

30,017

1936-37

9,741

7,321

32,032

1937-38

13,713

7,389

52,002

1938-39

7,514

7,603

24,731

1939-40

12,722

6,815

54,467

1940-41

7,987

5,961

50,795

1941-42

11,051

4,482

32,172

1942-43

9,654

4,318

25,628

1943-44

5,182

4,022

21,384

1944-45

6,020

4,230

23,664

1945-46

8,035

3,598

32,032

1946-47

5,330

3,850

25,544

1947-48

7,497

6,005

14,890

1948-49

3,782

7,736

22,973

1949-50

9,122

7,393

32,268

1950-51

21,600

9,372

50,341

1951-52

19,108

14,992

126,903

1952-53

19,419

12,488

115,313

1953-54

20,436

12,449

117,618

1954-55

17,514

13,845

93,100

1955-56

17,358

14,996

106,293

1956-57

18,731

17,407

98,012

1957-58

26,345

20,056

129,599

1958-59

28,654

22,891

149,661

1959-60

27,048

25,100

198,532

1960-61

29,169

26,069

155,478

1961-62

31,786

25,317

184,515

1962-63

25,379

24,707

174,718

1963-64

29,652

25,935

214,116

1964-65

27,978

25,054

196,634

1965-66

21,647

23,227

115,824

1966-67

23,584

19,729

107,555

1967-68

17,581

22,383

123,261

1968-69

14,108

21,954 (b)

106,901

(a) Including buildings and timber where appropriate.

(b) Provisional figure.