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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 more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
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unstar 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, 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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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar 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
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar 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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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar 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 more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar 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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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar 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 more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar 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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unstar 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 more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar 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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unstar 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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1480
unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Maria Miller more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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unstar 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, pursuant to the Answer of 9 May 2018 to Question HL7215, whether the figures on area licensed since 2015 refer to England alone; and how those figures for each quarter and year are calculated. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
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Robert Halfon more like this
star this property uin 195572 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
star this property answer text <p>Forestry is a devolved matter and the figures provided in HL72154 were, as noted, for England only. The Forestry Commissioners are responsible for the control of tree felling under the provisions in Part II of the Forestry Act 1967 (as amended) and the area licenced was taken from records held by the Forestry Commission. The volume for timber produced was taken from annual statistics produced by the Forestry Commission. More details on how the statistics are produced can be found at www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/statistics/.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2018-12-03T12:00:53.78Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T12:00:53.78Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-04-24more like thismore than 2018-04-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Tree Felling remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how much timber was (1) approved for felling from Forest Plans and Felling Licences, and (2) actually felled, in the last five years. more like this
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Lord Clark of Windermere more like this
star this property uin HL7215 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-05-09more like thismore than 2018-05-09
star this property answer text <p>The Forestry Commission’s estimate of volume approved for felling in Woodland Management Plans and Felling Licences in England for the most recent five years for which the information is available is given in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Volume (Cubic Metres overbark)</p></td><td><p>Area Licenced (Hectares)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>1,388,000</p></td><td><p>25,985</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>1,299,000</p></td><td><p>23,641</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>1,466,000</p></td><td><p>19,163</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>1,734,000</p></td><td><p>23,856</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>2,542,000</p></td><td><p>58,198</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>8,429,000</p></td><td><p>150,843</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>There is no obligation to fell when approval has been granted and approval can be valid for up to 10 years. This means that approval in a given year will not necessarily relate to the felling in that year. In the vast majority of cases where clear felling has been approved there will be a restocking requirement - so the volume and area of felling approved does not correspond to a reduction in woodland cover.</p><p> </p><p>The above table does not include felling approved on the Public Forest Estate which is exempt from the requirement for a licence and is not recorded centrally or felling approved in legacy English Woodland Grant Schemes.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2018-05-09T16:36:17.087Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-09T16:36:17.087Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Clark of Windermere more like this