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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour 5:15 pm, 28th February 2011

I put it to the Minister that two factors are affecting the staff at Corstorphine. One is the general economic climate in which, as he says, they must take the hits along with other public bodies. The second is the Government's policy on forestry. As I understand it, the U-turn involved the Forestry Commission continuing to manage forests in England. Staff at Corstorphine have that responsibility, so surely it is wrong to continue with the same level of redundancies as was envisaged when the policy was different. Will the Minister not have another look to see whether some of the jobs in Edinburgh need to be continued to deal with the new policy that has been announced, into which he has gone into detail?