HC Deb 16 June 1978 vol 951 c719W
Mr. Stephen Ross

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is now in a position to provide financial help to landowners by way of grant or loan toward the cost of maintaining trees protected by preservation orders.

Mr. Denis Howell

No, my right hon. Friend has no power to do so. But some limited assistance towards the cost of amenity tree-planting, which is not confined to protected trees, may be available from the Countryside Commission under its powers in Section 9 of the Local Government Act 1974.

Mr. Stephen Ross

asked he Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will now seek to amend section 62(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 so as to ensure that landowners who fell woodland trees protected by preservation orders without consent are legally required to replant.

Mr. Dennis Howell

We recognise that there appears to be an anomaly which we shall seek to rectify by amending legislation when a suitable opportunity arises.