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Forestry

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many forestry grant scheme applications are currently being considered which affect land within Caithness and Sutherland; and if he will list them and the hectarage involved.

The Forestry Commission is currently considering 28 such applications, as follows:

Name of ProperlyArea (Hectares)
Forestry Grant Scheme
Cnoc Moine Na Caillin284·4
Braelangwell629·7
Limekiln and Whitewell1,431·5
Torrish220·1
North Burn99·1
Yellow Moss17·1
Sciberscross940·6
Skitten0·9
Eriboll804·2
Langwell Wood91·5
Navidale65·0
Cnoc Na Main149·8
Ben Bhraggie42·0
Glencavlie30·1
Loubcroy202·0
Strathy East282·0
Kirkton Farm (Eglaise Muir)194·4
Cnoc Bacach28·0
Achany199·4
Broadleaved Woodland Grant Scheme
Baddhu Birchwoods23·0
Craggans Woods25·7
Loch Dhu11·5
Airdens-Innish0·8
Migdale Mill Farm1·6
Strathmore Lodge Woods0·7
Forss House1·3
Ackergill Woods1·3
Cnoc Bacach9·8

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total area of land which was referred to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland by the Forestry Commission under forestry grant consultation procedures during the years ended 31 March 1986 and 31 March 1987; and if he will list in the Official Report by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland area offices, the area of land in relation to which the Department advised it was (a) acceptable to award forestry grant and (b) inappropriate to offer grant on agricultural grounds.

During the period 1 April 1986 to 31 March 1987, a total of 49,895 hectares of land was referred to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland by the Forestry Commission under the procedures for consultation on forestry grant scheme applications. The detailed information requested is as follows:

Area OficeArea Referred (in hectares)Area Cleared (in hectares)Area Not Cleared (in hectares)
Aberdeen67559382
Ayr9,0278,153874
Galashiels2,7671,921846
Dumfries7,0106,085925
Dundee67860276
Edinburgh76866999
Glasgow6,0205,708312
Keith993993
Kirkwall
Inverness4,4964,278218
Oban3,6203,58159
Perth2,9232,490433
Portree628628
Stirling4,2452,2212,024
Thurso6,0455,774271
Total49,89543,6766,219

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report the total areas of land which the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland advised the Forestry Commission were acceptable for award of forestry grant aid in each of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland area offices in each of the LCA classes 4, 5 and 6 in the year commencing 1 April 1986.

I regret that this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will instruct the Foresty Commission (a) formally to acknowledge and respond to all comments or objections from statutory consultees over applications for forestry grant aid, and (b) inform statutory consultees of the outcome of all applications it has commented upon; and if he will make a statement.

In order to keep down administrative costs, it is the Forestry Commission's normal practice only to acknowledge or respond to comments or objections from statutory authorities consulted over forestry grant applications when there are issues which need to be resolved in discussion with the authorities concerned. The commission always informs authorities of the outcome of the application in such circumstances, as it does in other cases if requested to do so. I do not see any need to instruct the commission to change this fair and reasonable procedure.