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Softwood

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the report “United Kingdom: New Forecast of Softwood Availability” published by the Forestry Commission in September. (99653)

I will arrange for a copy of the report, which was published on the Forestry Commission’s website at http://www.forestrygov.uk/pdf/PF2005.pdf/$FILE/PF2005.pdf, to be placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his most recent estimate is of the availability of UK sourced softwood; (100090)

(2) what assessment he has made of forecasts of available supplies of UK sourced softwood for power generation; and if he will make a statement.

The new forecast of UK softwood availability was recently published on the Forestry Commission’s website. Table 1 from the report, reproduced as follows, shows the amount of material available to a stated top diameter, rather than by potential end use. The full report is available on the Commission website at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/PF2005.pdf/$FILE/PF2005.pdf. I have arranged for a copy of the report to be placed in the Library of the House.

Table 1: United Kingdom: 2005 forecast of softwood availability—Forestry Commission Estate (FC), Forest Service Northern Ireland (FS) and Private Sector (PS)

(Average annual volume in thousands of cubic metres overbark standing)

2007-11

2012-16

Top-diameter class

FC/FS

PS

Total

Percentage spruce

FC/FS

PS

Total

Percentage spruce

North England

7 to 14 cm

259

136

395

72

264

133

397

75

14 to 16 cm

90

55

145

74

89

60

149

74

16 to 18 cm

81

58

139

72

79

67

146

72

Up to 18 cm

339

313

652

56

356

386

742

58

Total

769

562

1,331

64

788

647

1,434

66

Central England

7 to 14 cm

62

73

135

14

48

60

108

15

14 to 16 cm

22

32

54

13

19

28

47

15

16 to 18 cm

21

36

57

12

19

34

53

15

Up to 18 cm

153

284

437

12

180

322

502

13

Total

258

425

683

12

266

443

710

13

South England

7 to 14 cm

56

146

202

21

56

127

183

21

14 to 16 cm

20

62

82

22

21

55

76

22

16 to 18 cm

22

70

92

23

23

64

87

24

Up to 18 cm

243

594

837

20

276

665

941

20

Total

341

871

1,213

21

376

912

1,287

21

England

7 to 14 cm

377

355

732

47

368

320

688

51

14 to 16 cm

132

149

281

47

129

144

272

49

16 to 18 cm

124

164

288

44

121

165

286

47

Up to 18 cm

735

1,190

1,926

30

812

1,373

2,185

31

Total

1,368

1,858

3,227

37

1,430

2,002

3,431

38

Wales

7 to 14 cm

166

155

321

66

174

156

330

68

14 to 16 cm

69

55

124

71

73

56

129

74

16 to 18 cm

72

61

133

71

77

64

141

74

Up to 18 cm

482

397

879

63

557

469

1,026

66

Total

789

669

1,457

65

881

746

1,626

68

Scotland

7 to 14 cm

999

945

1,944

68

1,070

1,033

2,103

68

14 to 16 cm

357

402

759

75

413

459

872

74

16 to 18 cm

336

420

756

77

401

496

897

76

Up to 18 cm

1,540

1,894

3,434

76

1,885

2,393

4,278

76

Total

3,232

3,661

6,893

73

3,769

4,380

8,150

74

Great Britain

7 to 14 cm

1,542

1,455

2,997

63

1,612

1,509

3,121

64

14 to 16 cm

558

606

1,164

68

615

659

1,273

69

16 to 18 cm

532

645

1,177

68

599

725

1,324

70

Up to 18 cm

2,757

3,481

6,239

60

3,254

4,235

7,489

62

Total

5,389

6,188

11,577

62

6,080

7,128

13,207

64

Northern Ireland

7 to 14 cm

79

2

81

89

100

2

102

91

14 to 16 cm

42

2

44

89

56

2

58

91

16 to 18 cm

42

4

46

89

56

4

60

91

Up to 18 cm

289

12

301

89

367

12

379

91

Total

452

20

472

89

579

20

599

91

United Kingdom

7 to 14 cm

1,621

1,457

3,078

63

1,712

1,511

3,223

65

14 to 16 cm

600

608

1,208

68

671

661

1,331

70

16 to 18 cm

574

649

1,223

69

655

729

1,384

71

Up to 18 cm

3,046

3,493

6,540

61

3,621

4,247

7,868

63

Total

5,841

6,208

12,049

63

6,659

7,148

13,806

65

(Average annual volume in thousands of cubic metres overbark standing)

2017-21

2022-26

Top-diameter class

FC/FS

PS

Total

Percentage spruce

FC/FS

PS

Total

Percentage spruce

North England

7 to 14 cm

220

129

349

73

173

122

295

73

14 to 16 cm

82

61

143

75

69

59

128

75

16 to 18 cm

75

71

146

73

64

69

133

74

Up to 18 cm

336

450

786

59

292

477

769

59

Total

713

711

1,424

65

598

727

1,325

65

Central England

7 to 14 cm

42

52

94

15

35

51

86

15

14 to 16 cm

19

25

44

14

16

23

39

15

16 to 18 cm

20

32

52

15

18

29

47

17

Up to 18 cm

192

360

552

14

190

375

565

14

Total

273

469

742

14

259

478

737

14

South England

7 to 14 cm

53

115

168

21

42

107

149

21

14 to 16 cm

22

50

72

22

18

46

64

20

16 to 18 cm

24

60

84

23

20

56

76

22

Up to 18 cm

318

750

1,068

20

262

788

1,050

19

Total

417

974

1,392

21

342

996

1,339

20

England

7 to 14 cm

315

296

611

50

250

280

530

49

14 to 16 cm

123

137

259

50

103

128

231

50

16 to 18 cm

119

162

282

48

102

154

256

48

Up to 18 cm

846

1,560

2,406

31

744

1,640

2,384

31

Total

1,403

2,155

3,558

37

1,199

2,201

3,401

36

Wales

7 to 14 cm

169

178

347

71

150

193

343

74

14 to 16 cm

71

54

125

73

66

50

116

73

16 to 18 cm

73

63

136

74

69

57

126

75

Up to 18 cm

480

466

946

66

461

446

907

68

Total

793

761

1,554

69

746

746

1,492

71

Scotland

7 to 14 cm

1,054

1,116

2,170

67

908

1,082

1,990

67

14 to 16 cm

438

501

939

74

397

497

894

73

16 to 18 cm

438

548

986

76

405

555

960

75

Up to 18 cm

2,172

2,675

4,847

77

1,987

2,872

4,859

77

Total

4,102

4,840

8,942

74

3,697

5,006

8,703

74

Great Britain

7 to 14 cm

1,538

1,590

3,128

64

1,308

1,555

2,863

65

14 to 16 cm

632

692

1,323

69

566

674

1,241

69

16 to 18 cm

630

773

1,404

70

576

767

1,342

70

Up to 18 cm

3,498

4,701

8,199

62

3,192

4,958

8,150

63

Total

6,298

7,756

14,054

64

5,642

7,954

13,596

64

Northern Ireland

7 to 14 cm

82

2

84

91

69

2

71

91

14 to 16 cm

56

2

58

91

42

2

44

91

16 to 18 cm

48

4

52

91

42

4

46

91

Up to 18 cm

386

12

398

91

376

12

388

91

Total

572

20

592

91

529

20

549

91

United Kingdom

7 to 14 cm

1,620

1,592

3,212

65

1,377

1,557

2,934

65

14 to 16 cm

688

694

1,381

70

608

676

1,285

69

16 to 18 cm

678

777

1,456

71

618

771

1,388

71

Up to 18 cm

3,884

4,713

8,597

64

3,568

4,970

8,538

64

Total

6,870

7,776

14,646

65

6,171

7,974

14,145

65