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Forestry Commission

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to page 119 of the pre-Budget report Cm 7684, what options there are for delivery of public value from the state in the long term in respect of the Forestry Commission; and if he will make a statement. (240393)

A study of the public forest estate in England was announced by written ministerial statement on 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 37WS.

This study will take approximately 12 months to complete and will include a full public consultation.

As outlined in the pre-Budget report this study will also contribute evidence to the Operational Efficiency Programme as findings emerge.