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Forestry Commission (Newton Stewart)

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total area of Forestry Commission land in Newton Stewart district in each of the years 1985 to 1987; and what was the area of (a) land under trees, (b) unplanted land, (c) land planted and (d) land harvested in each of those years.

The information is set out in the following table:

Year (at 31 March)Total area of land (hectares)Land under trees (hectares)Unplanted land (hectares)
198544,12430,56713,557
198643,95830,58113,377
198749,38834,73314,655
Year (at 31 March)Planting (hectares)Timber production1000 m3
New plantingRestocking
198515918548
198613026450
19872669950
1 Timber production is measured by volume and not in terms of area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of staff employed by the Forestry Commission on the Newton Stewart district in 1986–87 in (a) supervisory and administrative grades and (b) industrial grades; and in each category, how many staff are employed in (i) planting and maintenance, (ii) harvesting, (iii) nursery work, (iv) research, survey and environmental work and (v) forestry authority work.

The information, which is based on average figures, is as follows:

Number
Supervisory and Administrative Grades30
Industrial Grades109
The figures do not include directly employed private contractors; the number of such contractors at 31 March 1987 was 34.Most staff are employed on a range of duties in the course of a year. It is not practicable, therefore, to break down the total numbers of staff employed into the listed areas of work.