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Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many applications for afforestation in Wales under the forestry grant scheme were received by the Forestry Commission in each year since 1981; how many of these received approval for grant aid; and how many were the subject of a site visit by Forestry Commission staff before approval was given.

The numbers of applications received for grant aid for new planting and restocking in Wales, from the start of the forestry grant scheme on 1 October 1981, are as follows:

Six months to 31 March 1982104
Year to 31 March 1983140
Year to 31 March 1984155
Year to 31 March 1985171
Of these, 464 applications were approved, 30 were refused or withdrawn, and 76 were still under consideration at 31 March 1985.

It is the Forestry Commission's practice to inspect the area concerned before approving any application for entry to the forestry grant scheme.