§ Mr. Bayley
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what acreage of woodlands in North Yorkshire was owned by the Government in(a) 1979 and (b) 1996; 
(2) if he will list the (a) name, (b) location, (c) acreage and (d) date of exchange of contracts of each area of woodland (i) sold and (ii) bought by the Government in 793W North Yorkshire since 1979; and if he will state in relation to each sale whether the new owner permits public access to that land; 
(3) if he will list the (a) name, (b) location and (c) acreage of each area of Government-owned woodland in North Yorkshire which is currently up for sale. 
§ Mr. Boswell
[holding answer 23 July 1996]: The subjects of the question relate to matters undertaken by Forest Enterprise. I have asked its chief executive, Mr. Gordon Cowie, to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Gordon M. Cowie to Mr. Hugh Bayley, dated 14 October 1996:The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked me to reply to your Questions about Forestry Commission land in North Yorkshire. (38930) (38931) (38932)The Forestry Commission disposals programme commenced in July 1981 and therefore information is only available from that date. In 1981, the Forestry Commission owned 26,988 ha of land in North Yorkshire, while the current figure in 1996 is 22,060 ha.To answer your question on particular sales and purchases in North Yorkshire I enclose the following information:
- Annex A—a list of land sold since 1981
- Annex B—details of the one area acquired since 1981
- Annex C—a list of land currently for sale, either on the Open Market or by NegotiationThe arrangements for Continued Public Access were only introduced in October 1991 and only two sales, highlighted in Annex A, have been sold subject to access agreements.
Annex A: Forestry Commission cases sold in North Yorkshire from July 1981 to date Year sold Name of property Location grid refernece Area (ha) 1981 Crooked Hill North Bank SE542902 49.0 1982 Brafferton Spring SE455715 95.0 New Park Plantations SE551622 33.0 Scotton Banks SE332579 22.2 1983 Big Ings Wood SE555680 8.5 Broxa Moor and Harwood Dale SE960980 65.0 Clark Wood SE449749 30.0 Flask (land at) NZ935006 1.0 Grass Wood SD986655 65.4 Kildale (land at) NZ600107 4.0 Knots Plantation SE121702 4.4 Riffa Wood SE254470 19.1 Westow and Storth Wood SE478867 14.8 1984 Birch Hall Cott Grazings SE928925 2.0 Bishopwood Main Line Diversion SE550335 3.3 Burnt Yates Wood SE235608 9.2 Flamborough Rigg (land at) SE789922 8.0 Hawkshaw Gill and Clark's Carrwood SE182633 65.4 Jackal Wood SE253939 6.2 Juniper and Potgate Woods SE278748 13.0 Leppington Wood SE768616 8.6 Peep O'Day Woods SE521721 4.9 Scardale Package (pt) SE895734 52.9 Sherburn and Butterwick Whins SE972727 17.0 Southwold SE875711 31.5 Swinton Estate (pt) SE180801 286.0 Swinton Estate (pt) SE180801 183.3 Swinton Estate and Presidents Wood SE180801 459.1 The Avenue SE452725 6.5
Annex A: Forestry Commission cases sold in North Yorkshire from July 1981 to date Year sold Name of property Location grid refernece Area (ha) Warren Slack SE990743 17.0 West Moor Plantation SE449732 2.9 West Wood SE135680 8.5 Wragby Plantation NZ930000 21.0 1985 Hornby leasehold SE223934 16.1 Ingleby Greenhow, Church NZ579063 1.6 Levisham Block SE822904 68.5 Moor Covert Plantation SE780657 11.3 Newton Mulgrave NZ775137 43.3 Oxdale, Dargo and Laurel SE885837 18.2 Raindale Head SE802934 2.5 Scardale Package (pt) SE895734 193.2 1986 Broxa: Spring Wood East and West SE974930 17.5 Crookrise/Gargrave (pt) SD978541 7.1 Crookrise/Gargrave 1, 2, 3, 5. 6 SD975553 243.9 Crookrise/Gargrave Lot 4 SD988555 3.0 Croomdale Plantation SE945671 33.0 Everley Banks Plantation SE974930 34.5 Fewler Gate Wood SE974930 11.6 Irton Moor, Whin Coverty SE996869 39.0 Little Beck Wood NZ880O46 16.2 Quarry Wood SE248691 2.7 Stapleton Park SE499183 28.0 Staxton Brow TA020785 38.0 Sunny Bank SE239696 9.3 Wilstrop Wood SE490540 24.7 1987 E and W Belts and Ramshaw Quarry SE 149841 27.8 Elslack SD940481 66.5 Harewood Whin SE540522 8.6 Longside Plantation SE129721 88.5 Witton Fell SE138848 107.0 1988 Grinkle Park (pt) NZ750164 134.5 Grinkle Park (pt) NZ764179 35.8 Skipster Hagg Wood SE731866 10.0 1989 Arden, Hawnby and Bilsdale SE550893 225.0 Back Plantation SE030513 13.4 Birk Bank Wood SE560864 14.9 Black Beck Wood SE930920 8.7 Bullen Wood SE457383 17.1 Camblesforth Woodlands SE624271 43.8 Constable Burton SE145915 74.3 Elleron Lodge, Flamborough SE790920 13.6 Hollin Head and Piney Moor SE274735 29.9 Pits Wood SE965947 9.0 Plumpton Wood SE540886 7.7 1990 There were no cases sold. 1991 Burnt Gill Plantation SE610750 11.4 Darncombe Shelter Belt SE934905 0.2 Grimston Woods Lot 1 SE661495 5.0 Grimston Woods Lot 2 SE661495 24.6 Grove Wood SE665723 5.9 Hambleton Hough SE555298 1.0 Hornby Freehold SE220930 56.1 Naburn Wood SE609437 18.0 Osmotherley Catchment SE467985 93.4 Staker Wood SE557283 4.0 1992 Burnt Plantation SE232659 3.6 Fishpond Wood SE779387 8.1. Hebden Wood East and Stripe SE254661 7.0 High Plumps and Triangle SE671584 8.3 Mirysike Wood SE933913 2.5 Moreby Wood (pt) SE607426 1.0 Rabbit Hill Plantation SE236655 1.5 Wet Car Wood SE254661 12.5 White Wood and Backlays SE937905 53.0
Annex A: Forestry Commission cases sold in North Yorkshire from July 1981 to date Year sold Name of property Location grid refernece Area (ha) 1993 Arncliffe and Rounton NZ428030 37.7 Boltby Grazing and Low Paradise SE505881 10.2 Copeland and Deighton SE523557 6.4 East Bank Plantation NZ574003 26.3 Green Bank Wood SE259672 4.8 Hebden and Ellarcar Wood SE247656 5.1 Kelfield Wood SE586395 14.0 Kirby Sigston Wood SE423936 25.0 Longrush SE591417 12.5 Low Raindale Land SE808939 10.4 Overton Wood SE545572 47.9 Red House Wood SE52O570 48.0 1994 Averhams SE676607 51.8 Butcher Bank SE455883 16.0 Carlow Hill SE448933 2.8 Fir Tree Wood SE569286 10.8 Gateforth East SE547285 128.0 Gateforth West SE547285 46.6 Grange Wood, Sproxton SE616803 8.0 Lindley Wood SE217494 40.8 Mill Wood, Gilling SE620764 9.1 Moreby Wood SE610427 134.0 Sawley Wood, Lot 1 SE225665 116.5 Sawley Wood, Lot 2 SE225665 205.0 Spring Wood SE444925 2.7 Toms Wood SE565282 11.0 Tunnel Wood SE571284 4.5 1995 Lodge Plantation SE651719 8.7 Raisdale NZ531107 180.5 Scackleton Moor SE655716 35.9 Slacks Wood NZ586121 37.8 19961 Bransdale Wood SE624990 38.5 Hell Hole—Kilburn SE521811 48.0 Lonsdale Plantation NZ611112 46.0 1. Sold subject to access agreement. 1 To date.
Annex B: Forestry Commission land acquired from 1981 to date Year Name of property Location grid reference Area (ha) 1987 Troutsdale (land at) SE930890 37.0
Annex C: Forestry Commission land currently for sale either on the open market or by negotiation Name of property Location grid reference Area (ha) Bradley Howl Wood, Cold Kirby SE541851 25.0 Bransdale Woods, Helmsley SE613967 201.0 Cottage Wood, Dunnington SE682518 4.0 Dalby Bush Wood, Terrington SE635719 36.0 Farm Plantation, Terrington SE656715 6.0 Glaisdale Woods, Whitby NZ770030 151.5 Goathland Woods, Whitby NZ820020 70.0 Hagg Wood, Dunnington SE683525 43.0 Haxby Plantation, Whitby NZ899051 50.0 Hayton Woods, Tadcaster SE446385 51.0 Hazel Wood, Tadcaster SE440395 56.0 Hazelhead Wood, Helmsley SE531930 94.0 Howsham Wood, York SE746640 81.0 Kilburn Thicket, Thirsk SE526788 12.0 Mill Wood, Terrington SE644735 24.0 Robsons Spring, Helmsley SE626813 43.0 Scoreby Wood, Dunnington SE697517 33.0