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Timber

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which forest timber transport infrastructure project which (a) has received and (b) has been approved to receive financial assistance from funds set up by the Government relates; what type of project each is; and how much funding each project has received or been approved to receive. (89596)

There is no scheme for funding timber transport infrastructure projects in England. Forestry and rural affairs are devolved and any financial assistance for projects of this type in Scotland would be the responsibility of the devolved Administration.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many cases of illegal tree felling Forest Enterprise has passed to the prosecuting authorities in each of the last five years, broken down by forestry district; (89362)

(2) how many cases of illegal tree felling have been prosecuted by the prosecuting authorities in each of the last five years, broken down by forestry district and what sentence was imposed in each case in which all proceedings are complete.

Forestry is a devolved matter and prosecution for illegal tree felling in Scotland and Wales is a matter for the respective Administrations. In England the Forestry Commission investigates reports of illegal tree felling and the decision to prosecute is made by the Commission.

The number of investigations, prosecutions, sentences imposed and Restocking Notices issues over the last five years by Conservancy (region) are set out in the following table. These are recorded against the year in which investigation commenced, although prosecution may have occurred in the following year.

2005-06

Conservancy

Number

Sentence where prosecuted

Restocking notice issued

East of England

Investigations

5

Prosecutions

3

1) Conditional Discharge

Yes

2) £2,500 Fine

Yes

3) Conditional Discharge

Pending

East Midlands

Investigation

1

Prosecution

1

1) £1,600 Fine

Pending

North East

Investigation

1

Prosecutions

0

North West

Investigations

2

Prosecution

1

1) £1,200 Fine

Yes

South East

Investigations

15

Prosecutions

7

1) £1,800 Fine

Yes

2) Conditional Discharge

Yes

3) £1,200 Fine

Pending

4) Conditional Discharge

Yes

5) Pending Court Hearing

6) Pending Court Hearing

7) Pending Court Hearing

South West

Investigations

2

Prosecution

1

1) Pending Court Hearing

West Midlands

Investigations

8

Prosecutions

0

Yorkshire and Humber

Investigations

2

Prosecutions

0

2004-05

Conservancy

Number

Sentence where prosecuted

Restocking notice issued

East of England

Investigations

4

Prosecution

1

1) £800 Fine

Yes

East Midlands

Investigations

2

Prosecution

1

1) £2,250 Fine

Yes

North East

Investigations

2

Prosecutions

0

North West

Investigations

5

Prosecutions

4

1) £2,000 Fine

No

2) £1,000 Fine

Yes

3) £750 Fine

Yes

4) £1,000 Fine

Yes

South East

Investigations

11

Prosecutions

3

1) £1,000 Fine

Yes

2) £1,600 Fine

Yes

3) Conditional Discharge

Yes

South West

Investigations

3

Prosecution

0

West Midlands

Investigations

3

Prosecutions

1

1) £4,000 Fine

Yes

Yorkshire and Humber

Investigations

3

Prosecutions

1

1) £200 Fine

Yes

2003-04

Conservancy

Number

Sentence where prosecuted

Restocking notice issued

East of England

Investigations

7

Prosecutions

2

1) 500 Fine

Yes

2) 2,500 Fine

Yes

East Midlands

Investigation

1

Prosecutions

0

North East

Investigation

1

Prosecutions

0

North West

Investigations

2

Prosecution

1

1) £300 Fine

Yes

South East

Investigations

16

Prosecutions

2

1) Conditional Discharge

Yes

2) Case Withdrawn

No

South West

Investigation

1

Prosecution

1

1) £500 Fine

Yes

West Midlands

Investigations

7

Prosecutions

2

1) £500 Fine

No

2) £2,000 Fine

Yes

Yorkshire and Humber

Investigations

3

Prosecution

1

1) £1,800 Fine

Yes

2002-03

Conservancy

Number

Sentence where prosecuted

Restocking notice issued

East of England

Investigations

2

1) £1,000 Fine

Yes

Prosecutions

2

2) £500 Fine

Yes

East Midlands

Investigations

3

Prosecutions

2

1 ) Absolute Discharge

No

2) £750 Fine

Yes

North East

Investigation

1

Prosecution

1

1) £2,000 Fine

Yes

North West

Investigations

2

Prosecutions

2

1) £300 Fine

Yes

2) Conditional Discharge

Yes

South East

Investigations

8

Prosecutions

3

1) £750 Fine

Yes

2) £2,500 Fine

Yes

3) £300 Fine

Yes

South West

Investigations

5

Prosecutions

3

1) £300 Fine

No

2) £1,200 Fine

Yes

3) £1,250 Fine

Yes

West Midlands

Investigations

4

Prosecutions

0

Yorkshire and Humber

Investigation

1

Prosecutions

0

2001-02

Conservancy

Number

Sentence where prosecuted

Restocking notice issued

East of England

Investigations

2

Prosecutions

0

East Midlands

Investigations

2

Prosecutions

0

North East

Investigations

0

Prosecutions

0

North West

Investigations

2

Prosecution

1

1) £2,000 Fine

Yes

South East

Investigations

9

Prosecutions

3

1) £1,300 Fine

Yes

2) Conditional Discharge

Yes

3) £1,800 Fine

No

South West

Investigations

4

Prosecutions

2

1 ) Conditional Discharge

Yes

2) Conditional Discharge

Yes

West Midlands

Investigations

6

Prosecutions

2

1) £200 Fine

Yes

2) £2,500 Fine

Yes

Yorkshire and Humber

Investigation

1

Prosecution

1

1) £1,600 Fine

Yes

Note: An investigation takes place where tree felling has been reported on a site where no valid permission has been issued. This investigation is to ascertain whether an offence may have been committed. A high number of these investigations conclude that either no offence has been committed or there is insufficient evidence to warrant a criminal prosecution.