§ 16. Mr. Canavan
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the latest figures for the total area and value of forest land which has been sold off or is under the process of being sold off under the terms of the Forestry Act 1981.
§ Mrs. Fenner
From the passing of the Forestry Act 1981 until 21 December 1982, the Forestry Commission received £14 million from the sale of land and other real assets. The area involved included 6,492 hectares of forestry land and plantations.
As at 21 December a further 38,700 hectares of forestry land and plantations with an estimated value of £25.4 million were also in the process of being sold—that is, they were either on the market or had been approved for sale and reserve prices had been fixed. Other real assets committed for sale at 21 December are expected to realise a further £4.6 million.