HC Deb 21 November 2000 vol 357 c118W
Mr. Gareth R. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what further action he is taking to protect ancient woodlands. [139260]

Mr. Mullin

The planning system continues to take account of ancient woodlands and the habitats they provide for a wide range of flora and fauna. PPG9 on nature conservation is to be revised once the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill receives Royal Assent. Recommendations on how best to replace the existing advice on trees and woods contained in Circular 36–78 will be made as part of the work of the Forestry Forum chaired by my hon. Friend the Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside.