HC Deb 02 March 1989 vol 148 c276W
Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Forestry Commission intends to review its broadleaves policy; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The Government's broadleaves policy is presently being reviewed. My right hon. and learned Friend will make a statement to the House when the review has been completed.

Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the areas to which the Forestry Commission's felling licence requirements do not apply.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Several types of felling are exempt from the felling licence requirements, of which the most important are when:

  1. 1. The felling is in accordance with an approved plan of operations under one of the Forestry Commission's grant schemes.
  2. 2. The trees are in a garden, orchard, churchyard or public open space.
  3. 3. The trees are all below 8 cm in diameter, measured 1.3 m from the ground; or in the case of thinnings, below 10 cm in diameter; or in the case of coppice or underwood, below 15 cm in diameter.
  4. 4. The trees are interfering with permitted development or statutory works by public bodies.
  5. 5. The trees are dead, dangerous, causing a nuisance or are badly affected by Dutch elm disease.
  6. 6. The felling is in compliance with an Act of Parliament.

Also, in any calendar quarter up to 5 cu m of timber may be felled by an occupier without a licence provided not more than 2 cu m are sold. Further information is given in the Forestry Commission's booklet "Control of Tree Felling"—a copy of which can be found in the Library.