§ Mr. Cryer
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the criteria under which the Forestry Commission giants licences for timber felling; whether he is satisfied with these criteria; whether he consults with the Forestry Commission regarding any review; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
In considering applications for licences to fell trees the Commission has regard to the silvicultural implications, including the age and condition of the trees and the management objectives of the owner. Any effect on amenity, conservation, agriculture, access and public recreation is also taken into account. I am satisfied with these criteria and there are no plans to review them. Certain administrative aspects of felling control are, however, under review. These are set out in the consultative paper referred to in the statement on forestry policy made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland on 10 December 1980 and will be the subject of a separate statement in due course.—[Vol. 955, c.1405–6.]
Area Total Allowable Catch Allocation among member States Tonnes Tonnes Herring West of Scotland (ICES Divn. VIa) excluding the Clyde Stock * 65,000 Germany 6,150 France 1,000 Netherlands 3,000 United Kingdom 37,000 Ireland 7,850 Other member States Nil Clyde stock 2,000 United Kingdom 2,000 Southern North Sea (ICES Division IVc South of 53°00'N). The proposal also includes the Eastern English Channel (ICES Area VIId) but excludes the Blackwater stock. † 20,000 Germany 1,000 France 5,000 Netherlands 9,000 Belgium 1,000 United Kingdom 2,000 Denmark 1,000 Other member States Nil Blackwater stock 60 United Kingdom 60 * It has been agreed that 10,000 tonnes should be made available to Norway in return for reciprocal concessions. † The Commission envisages 1,000 tonnes should be made available to Sweden.