Government plans for the Forestry Commission estate debated in the House of Lords on Thursday 3 March.
Lord Clark of Windermere (Labour), former Forestry Commission chairman, opened the debate.
Other Members who took part included:
- Baroness Royall of Blaisdon (Labour), shadow leader of the House of Lords, who has been campaigning against the sale of the Forest of Dean
- The Earl of Caithness (Conservative), former Minister at the Department for Environment
- Baroness Quin (Labour), former Minister for Agriculture and opposition spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat), former president of the Ramblers Association
- Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), executive director and board member of the Countryside Alliance
- Lord Greaves (Liberal Democrat), chair of the Liberal Democrat Policy Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Earl of Courtown, Viscount Astor and the Bishop of Liverpool also made contributions in the debate.
Lord Henley (Conservative) responded on behalf of the government.
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