Saddleworth Moor and Tameside: Ongoing Fire

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 2nd July 2018.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury 4:17 pm, 2nd July 2018

Unmanaged moorland will often have heather growing to waist height. In circumstances such as this, that makes a tinder box of the moors. When I was at DEFRA, I was in receipt of a lot of appeals from the Moorland Association and others saying, “The wetter the better for moorland.” They want to block up grips and to see our moorland getting wetter. Good management of upland areas is vital, so will my right hon. Friend reject the absurd article in The Guardian that seemingly suggests that good moorland management, both for shooting and for agriculture, has in some way been complicit in causing this?