HC Deb 26 June 1989 vol 155 cc285-6W
Mr. Lord

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what effect changes in taxation relating to the forestry industry made in the 1988 budget have had on that industry; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

It is too early to say precisely what effect the 1988 Budget changes will have on the forestry industry. We do, however, expect that there will be some temporary reduction in the amount of new planting as the industry adjusts to the new arrangements.