Exiting the European Union (Environmental Protection)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 4:18 pm, 8th October 2019

While the Minister is on this subject and while you are allowing us to go into these areas, Mr Deputy Speaker, it is critically important that we plant more native species for exactly the reasons offered. Ash dieback is a good example, there is the disease affecting oak trees, and we know that horse chestnuts have suffered too in recent years, yet Network Rail and local authorities continue to decimate our tree population. To compensate for just that, the Government need a planting scheme of unprecedented proportions. I want millions more trees planted and there is no better Minister than this one, who has been such a champion of the environment throughout his political career, to be the spearhead to take that forward.