HC Deb 10 March 1988 vol 129 cc325-6W
Ms. Quin

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total area of Forestry Commission land in Newton Stewart district in each of the years 1985 to 1987; and what was the area of (a) land under trees, (b) unplanted land, (c) land planted and (d) land harvested in each of those years.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The information is set out in the following table:

Year (at 31 March) Total area of land (hectares) Land under trees (hectares) Unplanted land (hectares)
1985 44,124 30,567 13,557
1986 43,958 30,581 13,377
1987 49,388 34,733 14,655
Year (at 31 March) Planting (hectares) Timber production 1000 m3
New planting Restocking
1985 159 185 48
1986 130 264 50
1987 266 99 50
1 Timber production is measured by volume and not in terms of area.

Ms. Quin

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of staff employed by the Forestry Commission on the Newton Stewart district in 1986–87 in(a) supervisory and administrative grades and (b) industrial grades; and in each category, how many staff are employed in (i) planting and maintenance, (ii) harvesting, (iii) nursery work, (iv) research, survey and environmental work and (v) forestry authority work.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The information, which is based on average figures, is as follows:

Supervisory and Administrative Grades 30
Industrial Grades 109

The figures do not include directly employed private contractors; the number of such contractors at 31 March 1987 was 34.

Most staff are employed on a range of duties in the course of a year. It is not practicable, therefore, to break down the total numbers of staff employed into the listed areas of work.