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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Volume 645: debated on Monday 16 July 2018

Tree Planting

The following is an extract from questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 12 July 2018.

I welcome my hon. Friend the Minister back to her place. On the proper stewardship of trees, is she satisfied that the existing arrangements between the Forest Holidays group and the Forestry Commission fully accord with the commission’s statutory objectives?

We are not happy about the arrangement that the Forestry Commission has entered into with Forest Holidays, which is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has asked Colin Day—the Department’s non-executive director and chair of its audit and risk committee—to undertake a review. He will be investigating the matter carefully.

[Official Report, 12 July 2018, Vol. 644, c. 1092.]

Letter of correction from Dr Coffey:

An error has been identified in the response I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne) during questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The correct response should have been:

We are not happy about the arrangement that the Forestry Commission has entered into with Forest Holidays, which is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has asked Colin Day—the Department’s non-executive director and chair of its audit and risk committee—to undertake an internal audit review. He will be investigating the matter carefully.