§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he plans a 20 per cent. increase in funding for forestry in 1988–89.
My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans for a 20 per cent. increase in funding for forestry in 1988–89. The Public Expenditure White Paper 1986–87 to 1988–89 (Cmnd. 9702-II) records an increase from £50 million to £60 million between 1987–88 and 1988–89, but these figures have been rounded to the nearest £10 million in accordance with convention. The planned expenditure, at outturn prices, is £54.4 million for 1987–88 and £55.8 million for 1988–89.
§ Mr. Maclennan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest estimate of total receipts to March 1989 for the Forestry Commission's disposal of plantations and planting land; and whether he intends to revise the guidelines on the selection of areas for disposal.
§ Mr. John Mackay
[pursuant to his reply, Friday 21 November 1986; c. 389]: The latest estimate of total receipts from that part of the Forestry Commission's disposals programme relating to plantations and planting land, covering the period from the passage of the Forestry Act 1981 to 31 March 1989, is around £70 million. My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans to revise the guidelines on the selection of areas for disposal.