Biodiversity Duty: Public Authorities - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Conservative 2:52 pm, 22nd July 2019

My Lords, does my noble friend agree that ash tree dieback has caused great devastation to self-planting trees? Many of them are on property owned by local authorities. Will my noble friend confirm that it will be a biodiversity duty of local authorities to remove such trees, and has his department made an estimate of the cost of such removal?