High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill

Part of Speaker’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 5:28 pm on 28th April 2014.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 5:28 pm, 28th April 2014

The hon. Lady said that we need to mitigate the worst effects of the railway. Does she accept that as regards ancient woodlands there is no way of mitigating those effects because we cannot replace ancient woodland? According to the Woodland Trust, the preferred route for phase 1 will see the loss of, or damage to, 83 irreplaceable woodlands.