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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 961W, on woodland, if he will make an assessment of the environmental effects of tax relief and exemptions for woodland where there is no requirement to manage, fell and replant. (110219)

We have no plans to make an assessment. It would be very difficult to carry out an assessment of just one of the factors that can influence woodland management decisions. In addition the cost of such an assessment, if possible, would far exceed any likely benefit that could be gained.