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Softwood

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of softwood was imported into the United Kingdom originating from (a) the EU, (b) Norway, (c) the Baltic countries and (d) Russia in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001 and (iv) 2002. [129659]

[holding answer 15 September 2003]: The figures for softwood imports are presented in the following tables.

Thousand m3 underbark
7999200020012002
Roundwood
EU7385165273
Norway4420
Baltic countries150292738
Russia2255452

Thousand m

3

1999

2000

2001

2002

Sawn wood
EU3,5663,8043,9374,082
Norway11510610487
Baltic countries11,9892,3472,2982,441
Russia404499583701

1 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of softwoods was imported in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002. [129660]

[holding answer 15 September 2003]: The figures for softwood imports, are presented in the following table.

Roundwood (Thousand m3underbark)Sawn Wood (Thousand m3)
19991656,642
20001907,338
20012567,221
20023667,585
FamilySpecies
CaprifoliaceaeViburnum davidii
Viburnum farreri (syn. Viburnum fragrans)
Viburnum lantana
Viburnum opulus
Viburnum plicatum
Viburnum tinus
Viburnum x bodnantense (Viburnum farrerii x Viburnum grandiflorum)
Viburnum x burkwoodii (Viburnum carlesii x Viburnum utile)
Viburnum x carlcephalum x Viburnum, utile
Viburnum x pragnense (Viburnum rhytidophyllum x Viburnum utile)
EricaceaeKalmia latifolia
Leucothoe fontanesiana
Pieris formosa var. forrestii
Pieris formosa var. forrestii x Pieris japonica
Pieris japonica
Rhododendron augustinii
Rhododendron balfourianum
Rhododendron brachycarpum
Rhododendron ferrugineum
Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron hybrids—hybrids found infected have been derived from crosses involving Rhododendron arboreum,
Rhododendron campylocarpum, Rhododendron catawbiense, Rhododendron campylocapum, Rhododendron caucasicum, Rhododendron dichroanthum, Rhododendron facetum, Rhododendron forresti, Rhododendron fortunei,
Rhododendron galactinum, Rhododendron geraldii, Rhododendron grande, Rhododendron griffithianum,
Rhododendron griersonianum, Rhododendron mscimum, Rhododendron ponyivum, Rhododendron dmitnoeii,
Rhododendron strigillosum. Rhododendron viscidifolium, Rhododendron wardii, Rhododendron yakushimanum and possibly other species
OleaceaeSyringa vulgaris
TaxaceaeTaxus baccata
TheaceaeCamellia japonica, Camellia reticulata, Camellia x williamsii (Camellia saluenensis x Camellia japonica)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people are being employed by her Department fa) directly and (b) on a sub-contractual basis to survey gardens and nurseries for sudden oak death disease; and at what cost. [130613]

About 85 inspectors from Defra's Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate, the Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate and the Central Science

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of softwoods was harvested in the United Kingdom in (a) 1999, (b) 2000, (c) 2001 and (d) 2002. [129662]

[holding answer 15 September 2003]: The figures are presented in the following table:

Thousand m3 underbark
19996,867
20006,926
20016,997
20026,832

Note:

The figures are based on delivery volumes to wood processing industries.