HC Deb 21 February 1996 vol 272 c195W
Ms Ruddock

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when a consultation paper will be issued on the amended environmental assessment regulations for afforestation. [15850]

Mr. Kynoch

The Environmental Assessment (Afforestation) Regulations 1988 have to be amended to comply fully with Council directive 85/337/EEC. The amendments are technical in nature and will have limited practical effect. We shall decide on consultation when the revised regulations have been prepared.