§ Mr. Simon Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the loss of moorland to ploughing and afforestation per year in Scotland.
§ Mr. John MacKay
It is estimated that new forestry planting within the uplands in Scotland has averaged 19,000 hectares a year over the last three years. The bulk of this will have been on moorland. No figures are available for the loss of land to ploughing unconnected with afforestation.