§ Mr. Woodburn
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how far he is using his powers to show by example how land in the Highlands can be restored to agriculture; and what schemes of development exist showing the possibility of complementary developments of forestry and farming.
§ Lord John Hope
Advisory and demonstration work on land improvement is undertaken by the College Advisory Services and grants to assist landowners and farmers to reclaim and improve land are available under a number of schemes. With regard to the complementary development of forestry and farming, the joint surveys carried out by the Forestry Commission and the Department of Agriculture, which have now covered some 3 million acres of land in the Highlands, will help to further such development.