§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress is being made towards the establishment of community forests on the outskirts of towns and cities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Baldry
Project teams have been set up in east London, south Staffordshire and Tyne and Wear to prepare business plans for the forests launched in those areas. In addition the Countryside Commission is considering proposals for forests at various other locations.