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Softwood

Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the report “United Kingdom: New Forecast of Softwood Availability” published by the Forestry Commission in September. [99653]

Barry Gardiner: I will arrange for a copy of the report, which was published on the Forestry Commission’s website at http://www.forestrygov.uk/pdf/PF2005.pdf/$FILE/PF2005.pdf, to be placed in the Library of the House.


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Mr. Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his most recent estimate is of the availability of UK sourced softwood; [100090]

(2) what assessment he has made of forecasts of available supplies of UK sourced softwood for power generation; and if he will make a statement. [100089]

Barry Gardiner: The new forecast of UK softwood availability was recently published on the Forestry
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Commission’s website. Table 1 from the report, reproduced as follows, shows the amount of material available to a stated top diameter, rather than by potential end use. The full report is available on the Commission website at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/PF2005.pdf/$FILE/PF2005.pdf. I have arranged for a copy of the report to be placed in the Library of the House.


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Table 1: United Kingdom: 2005 forecast of softwood availability—Forestry Commission Estate (FC), Forest Service Northern Ireland (FS) and Private Sector (PS)
(Average annual volume in thousands of cubic metres overbark standing)
2007-11 2012-16
Top-diameter class FC/FS PS Total Percentage spruce FC/FS PS Total Percentage spruce

North England

7 to 14 cm

259

136

395

72

264

133

397

75

14 to 16 cm

90

55

145

74

89

60

149

74

16 to 18 cm

81

58

139

72

79

67

146

72

Up to 18 cm

339

313

652

56

356

386

742

58

Total

769

562

1,331

64

788

647

1,434

66

Central England

7 to 14 cm

62

73

135

14

48

60

108

15

14 to 16 cm

22

32

54

13

19

28

47

15

16 to 18 cm

21

36

57

12

19

34

53

15

Up to 18 cm

153

284

437

12

180

322

502

13

Total

258

425

683

12

266

443

710

13

South England

7 to 14 cm

56

146

202

21

56

127

183

21

14 to 16 cm

20

62

82

22

21

55

76

22

16 to 18 cm

22

70

92

23

23

64

87

24

Up to 18 cm

243

594

837

20

276

665

941

20

Total

341

871

1,213

21

376

912

1,287

21

England

7 to 14 cm

377

355

732

47

368

320

688

51

14 to 16 cm

132

149

281

47

129

144

272

49

16 to 18 cm

124

164

288

44

121

165

286

47

Up to 18 cm

735

1,190

1,926

30

812

1,373

2,185

31

Total

1,368

1,858

3,227

37

1,430

2,002

3,431

38

Wales

7 to 14 cm

166

155

321

66

174

156

330

68

14 to 16 cm

69

55

124

71

73

56

129

74

16 to 18 cm

72

61

133

71

77

64

141

74

Up to 18 cm

482

397

879

63

557

469

1,026

66

Total

789

669

1,457

65

881

746

1,626

68

Scotland

7 to 14 cm

999

945

1,944

68

1,070

1,033

2,103

68

14 to 16 cm

357

402

759

75

413

459

872

74

16 to 18 cm

336

420

756

77

401

496

897

76

Up to 18 cm

1,540

1,894

3,434

76

1,885

2,393

4,278

76

Total

3,232

3,661

6,893

73

3,769

4,380

8,150

74

Great Britain

7 to 14 cm

1,542

1,455

2,997

63

1,612

1,509

3,121

64

14 to 16 cm

558

606

1,164

68

615

659

1,273

69

16 to 18 cm

532

645

1,177

68

599

725

1,324

70

Up to 18 cm

2,757

3,481

6,239

60

3,254

4,235

7,489

62

Total

5,389

6,188

11,577

62

6,080

7,128

13,207

64

Northern Ireland

7 to 14 cm

79

2

81

89

100

2

102

91

14 to 16 cm

42

2

44

89

56

2

58

91

16 to 18 cm

42

4

46

89

56

4

60

91

Up to 18 cm

289

12

301

89

367

12

379

91

Total

452

20

472

89

579

20

599

91

United Kingdom

7 to 14 cm

1,621

1,457

3,078

63

1,712

1,511

3,223

65

14 to 16 cm

600

608

1,208

68

671

661

1,331

70

16 to 18 cm

574

649

1,223

69

655

729

1,384

71

Up to 18 cm

3,046

3,493

6,540

61

3,621

4,247

7,868

63

Total

5,841

6,208

12,049

63

6,659

7,148

13,806

65


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