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Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any plans to establish new community forests.

The Government have authorised three such forests—at Tyne and Wear, south Staffordshire and east London—as pilots for this joint initiative by the Countryside and Forestry Commissions. In due course we shall consider their proposals relating to nine other candidate sites: north Bristol, Cardiff, Cleveland, Hull, west Manchester, east Merseyside, Neath-Port Talbot, Southampton-Portsmouth and South Yorkshire. However no decisions on extension of the programme have yet been made.