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Volume 890: debated on Monday 21 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are his most up-to-date proposals to increase the area of planting of the forestry industry in Scotland in (a) the public and (b) the private sector.

Planting and restocking by the Forestry Commission will continue within the total of 55,000 acres a year for Great Britain as announced following the recent review of forestry policy. As at present, the greater part of this will be undertaken in Scotland. The Government's new Dedication Scheme, announced on 5th July 1975, gives assistance to the private sector, but the level of planting is a matter for decision by individual landowners.