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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on (a) the (i) statutory duties and (ii) functions of the Forestry Commission and (b) proposals in the draft Climate Change (Scotland) Bill which relate to the Forestry Commission.
Officials in both DEFRA and the Forestry Commission England are in regular contact on a wide range of issues relating to forestry matters. This includes keeping in touch in general terms with relevant developments such as those relating to the Forestry Commission in Scotland. No detailed discussions have however taken place on the Scottish Climate Change Bill.