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Forestry England: Coronavirus

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th May 2020.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much emergency funding he plans to allocate to Forestry England to enable that organisation to continue (a) operating and (b) paying staff (i) during and (ii) after lockdown.

Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of funding required from the public purse to enable Forestry England to maintain its activities (a) during and (b) after the covid-19 lockdown.

Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Forestry England is able to maintain the (a) wages of its staff, and (b) number of jobs in its organisation during the covid-19 pandemic.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra and the Forestry Commission are discussing options to manage financial impacts arising from COVID-19. With reduced income from timber and visitors, Forestry England (FE) has made use of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to reduce costs, protect jobs and retain staff. FE continues to manage and care for the nation’s forests, adapting working practices in line with public health guidelines.

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