§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 29 January, Official Report, column 351, if he will account for the difference between his estimates of the number employed in Scotland by the Forestry Commission on private estates and in forestry management companies, with those provided by the Forestry Commission in its publication, "Forestry Facts and Figures 1985–86".
§ Mr. John MacKay
The estimated figures quoted in "Forestry Facts and Figures 1985–86" have been substantially revised, following a major survey of employment in forestry and the wood-processing industries undertaken by the Forestry Commission in conjunction with the private sector. This is the first comprehensive survey of this nature to be carried out for a number of years.