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Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his most recent estimate of the area of annual new planting of trees in the United Kingdom over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

The Government's aim is traditional planting at the rate of 33,000 hectares a year.

Information is not held centrally about health boards' establishments or funded establishments for nursing staff. Table 1 sets out for each health board in Scotland at March 1987 the whole-time equivalent numbers of staff in post in the grades that correspond as closely as possible to the categories set out in the question. Some of these categories are specific to the English situation. Information about numbers of employees in full-time posts and about part-time employees in each health board at March 1987 could be made available from central records only at disproportionate cost. Table 2 sets out for Scotland as a whole and for the same grades the number of staff in full time posts, the number in part-time posts and the whole-time equivalent of those employed part time.In addition, the proposed farm woodland scheme will provide for the planting of 36,000 hectares in the period of three years from its introduction.