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Acid Rain

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if any of the sites at which trees were examined for signs of acid rain damage in 1984 showed damage.

A proportion of the plantations surveyed in 1984 for the purpose of detecting air pollution damage revealed some degree of crown thinning: in no case, however, did such thinning appear to be due to air pollution and none of the stands showed symptoms of the type of damage ascribed to this cause in Germany. A copy of the Forestry Commission's press release reporting the results of the survey was placed in the Library of the House on 5 March 1985. A full report of the survey will be published shortly by the Forestry Commission.