§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent in each of the past five years on shelter-belt research; and which organisations and research stations are carrying on this work.71W
§ Mr. Ross
Shelter-belt research in Scotland has been carried out principally by the Forestry Commission, by the Hill Farming Research Organisation and by the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in the University of Edinburgh. Related fundamental studies on the effect of adverse climatic conditions on plants and animals are carried out at a number of other research institutes in Scotland. This work forms an integral part of the research programmes undertaken by these institutions and I regret that it is not possible to state with any precision the total amount spent on shelter belt research in Scotland during this period.