Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (7th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 4:15 pm, 28th February 2011

I agree with the Minister that there come occasions when it is appropriate to sell a small part of the estate. However, the difference between us and the present Government is that, under us, all the moneys received from the sale of any forest land either was used to buy new forest land-sometimes at a greater cost, because it was in the urban areas-or went back into forestry. As I understand it, with this 15 per cent sell-off, the Government are using money from forestry for the Treasury or for Defra's general budget.