HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 c254W
23. Mr. Yeo

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will introduce measures to encourage the proportion of land devoted to forestry in England.

Mr. Jopling

It is the Government's policy that forestry should continue to expand with the greater proportion of new planting being undertaken by the private sector. Such expansion is encouraged through a range of measures, principally by the Forestry Commission's grant schemes and appropriate tax arrangements, and in ways consistent with the interests of other land users.

27. Mr. Proctor

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many trees were planted in 1985 by the Forestry Commission in East Anglia; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jopling

Planting statistics are kept by financial years to 31 March. In the year to 31 March 1985 the Forestry Commission planted 621 hectares in east Anglia, all in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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