§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he intends taking to prevent uncontrolled afforestation; if he will introduce licensing for forestry grant applications; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Very little planting takes place that has not been fully considered under the Forestry Commission's consultation arrangements. My right hon. and learned Friend has yet to be persuaded that a licensing system is necessary.