HC Deb 02 April 1984 vol 57 cc379-80W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the total number of individual areas of forested and other land owned by the Forestry Commission in Wales that has been sold off in each of the past five years; what is the location of these sales; by how much the Forestry Commission has benefited from such sales; and what is the total area involved as a percentage of the forested areas held by the commission in Wales.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

Information on Forestry Commission land sales prior to the passing of the Forestry Act 1981 (27 July 1981) and on sales of non-forested land since that date has not been maintained centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

As regards plantation sales since 27 July 1981, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Ross) on 17 January 1984 at columns 168–82 which listed plantations sold by the Forestry Commission between the passing of the Forestry Act 1981 and 21 November 1983.

From 21 November 1983 until 21 February 1984, the latest date for which information is available, further sales of plantations have been completed in Wales as shown in the following table.

A total of £6.35 million was raised from the sale of Forestry Commission land and other real assets in Wales between 27 July 1981 and 21 February 1984. Such receipts are surrendered by the commission to the Consolidated Fund.

The plantations sold (1,476 hectares) represent only 1 per cent. of the woodland managed by the Forestry Commission in Wales as at 31 March 1981.

Plantations sold in Wales between 21.11.83 and 21.2.84
Names of property Forest County
Penrhos Isaf Land Coed-y-Brenin Gwynedd
Goetre Land Coed-y-Brenin Gwynedd
Dormitory Wood (part) Clocaenog Clwyd
Coed Wynne Clocaenog Clwyd
Coed Jocelyn and Coed Salusbury Clocaenog Clwyd
Big Covert (part) Clocaenog Clwyd
Glascoed Hafren Powys
Coed Cymeryr Hafren Powys
Berth Lloyd Hafren Powys
Llwyn Dyrys Hafren Powys
Penarth (part) Coed Sarnau Powys
Dolagored (part) Coed Sarnau Powys
Gwern Dyfhant Radnor Powys
Coed Erglodd Access Rheidol Dyfed
Coed Erglodd Bach Rheidol Dyfed
Glan yr Annell Isaf (part) Caeo Dyfed
Names of property Forest County
City Wood (part of Tair Onen package) Tair Onen South Glamorgan
Oak Park (part of Tair Onen package) Tair Onen South Glamorgan
Pen Braich (part of Tair Onen package) Tair Onen South Glamorgan
Clappers Wood (part of Tintern package) Tintern Gwent

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