HC Deb 09 November 1987 vol 122 cc33-4W
Ms. Quin

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement concerning the environmental objectives of United Kingdom forestry policy.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Under the Forestry Act 1967, as amended by the Wildlife and Countryside (Amendment) Act 1985, the forestry commissioners have a duty in discharging their functions to endeavour to achieve a reasonable balance between the development of afforestation, the management of forests and the production and supply of timber; and the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty and the conservation of flora, fauna and geological or physiographical features of special interest.