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Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to promote an increase in the acreage devoted to forestry.

The Government's policy for forestry continues to be based on the statement made to the House by my right hon. Friend on 10 December 1980. This envisaged a continuing expansion of forestry, with the private sector undertaking a greater share. In the four years to 31 March 1985, a total of some 91,000 hectares of new planting was carried out by private forestry interests under the Forestry Commission's grant-aid schemes and by the commission itself.