Does the Secretary of State accept that the cash limits policy being imposed by his Government on the Forestry Commission is now leading to a substantial reduction in the living standard of forestry workers? Will he confirm that the Treasury has told the Forestry Commission that there will have to be a pay rise of under 3 per cent. to forestry workers in the next financial year?
I cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman. There has always been a relationship between the pay of forestry workers and that of farm workers, but account must also be taken of the pension and other associated benefits that are available to forestry workers. These were taken into account in the recent round of pay negotiations and will no doubt be taken into account in the next round.