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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2014 to Question 208409, what the maximum level of fine and sanction available for illegal tree felling was in each year since 1982; and when the level of fine or sanction was last reviewed and last increased under provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 1982. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Basingstoke more like this
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Maria Miller more like this
star this property uin 211724 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The penalty for felling a tree without the authority of a felling licence is prescribed by section 17 of the Forestry Act 1967. A person guilty of this offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale or twice the sum which appears to the court to be the value of the tree, whichever is the higher. The standard scale of fines was introduced into the Forestry Act by the Criminal Justice Act 1982.</p><p> </p><p>Changes to the standard scale are made the Ministry of Justice and apply uniformly across all offences using the standard scale. The level 4 fine maximum at present is £2,500.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Since 1982, the standard scale has been revised as follows:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Level:</p></td><td><p>1982:</p></td><td><p>1992 (as amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1991):</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>£25</p></td><td><p>£200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>£50</p></td><td><p>£500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>£200</p></td><td><p>£1,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>£500</p></td><td><p>£2,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>£1,000</p></td><td><p>£5,000</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T14:48:32.6597314Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T14:48:32.6597314Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Maria Miller more like this
90834
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star this property date less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the levels of fines and sanctions for the illegal felling of trees were last reviewed and updated; and what steps her Department takes to ensure that fines and sanctions for the illegal felling of trees are kept up-to-date and are effective. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Basingstoke more like this
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Maria Miller more like this
star this property uin 208409 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The fines and sanctions for the illegal felling of trees are laid out in the Forestry Act 1967 (as amended). The Criminal Justice Act 1982 made provision to increase the level of fine when it introduced the standard scale of fines for summary offences.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Forestry Act 1967 was also amended by the Regulatory Reform (Forestry) Order 2006. This amendment now enables the Forestry Commissioners the option of serving a Restocking Notice on a person who appears to the Commissioners to have committed an offence of felling without a licence.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government’s regulation of the forestry sector was last reviewed in 2011 by the Forestry Regulations Task Force. The independently appointed Task Force made a comprehensive review of the regulations that protect and affect the management of woodland. The Government’s response to its recommendations can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/report-by-the-forestry-regulation-task-force-government-response" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/report-by-the-forestry-regulation-task-force-government-response</a></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T10:34:57.1278626Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T10:34:57.1278626Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Maria Miller more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many trees have been illegally felled in England and Wales; how many restocking orders have been issued by the Forestry Commission or other relevant body; how many enforcement notices have subsequently been issued following restocking orders not being completed; and how many prosecutions have been taken forward by the Forestry Commission as a result of illegal felling of trees in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Basingstoke more like this
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Maria Miller more like this
star this property uin 208410 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The answer below is for England only. Forestry is a devolved matter and responsibility for and monitoring of illegal felling in Wales rests with the Welsh Assembly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Forestry Commission does not hold records for the number of trees which are illegally felled because it is the volume of licensable timber which is the key consideration in whether any action may be taken. In 2013/14 however, 99.91% of licensable tree felling was carried out with Forestry Commission approval. The other data requested is shown in the table.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T10:33:18.1663713Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T10:33:18.1663713Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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star this property file name Enforcement Notices - illegal tree felling 2004-05 to 2013-14.doc more like this
star this property title Enforcement Notices - illegal tree felling more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Maria Miller more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department issues on the time required to investigate cases where prosecution is being considered by the Forestry Commission for the illegal felling of trees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Basingstoke more like this
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Maria Miller more like this
star this property uin 208411 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-10more like thismore than 2014-09-10
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Defra does not issue any such guidance. Strict time limits are specified in the Forestry Act 1967 which states that proceedings for an offence of felling without a licence may be instituted within six months from the first discovery of the offence by the person taking the proceedings, provided that no proceedings shall be instituted more than two years after the date of the offence.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-09-10T10:18:43.896527Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-10T10:18:43.896527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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1480
unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Maria Miller more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-10more like thismore than 2014-10-10
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs remove filter
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions the Forestry Commission has brought for the illegal felling of trees in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Basingstoke more like this
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Maria Miller more like this
star this property uin 210032 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-17more like thismore than 2014-10-17
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 September 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, columns 601W – 602W.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-10-17T13:58:12.4514298Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-17T13:58:12.4514298Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Maria Miller more like this