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Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details of the numbers of forestry grant or felling licence applications currently referred to him by the Forestry Commission and the dates when they were so referred; when he expects to be able to announce a decision for each one; and for which cases further consultation is still being considered.

I am considering two forestry planting grant applications to which objections have been raised. The sites are at Bwlch-y-Garreg and Bara Ceirch in Dyfed, and relate to the proposed planting of some 97 hectares in each case. These applications were referred to me on 30 December 1987 and I intend to advise the forestry commissioners on my views shortly.