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Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the likely geographical and topographical distribution of new tree planting over the next 10 years in the United Kingdom.

We expect to see a higher proportion of planting than hitherto taking place on lower land of better quality. The rate of planting in Scotland is likely to continue to exceed that in England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many acres of land are planted with (a) conifers and (b) broadleaves; and if he will make a statement.

At 31 March 1987 the area of productive woodland in Great Britain was 1,490,000 hectares of conifers and 604,000 hectares of broadleaves.