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Afforestation (Control)

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he intends taking to prevent uncontrolled afforestation; if he will introduce licensing for forestry grant applications; and if he will make a statement.

Very little planting takes place that has not been fully considered under the Forestry Commission's consultation arrangements. My right hon. and learned Friend has yet to be persuaded that a licensing system is necessary.