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Forestry Commission

EDM number 2925 in 2010-12, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 26/03/2012.
Categorised under the topic of Forestry.

That this House is deeply concerned at the threat to the future of the Forestry Commission and the current cuts in its funding; notes with concern that more than one year after the Government abandoned its consultation on disposal of the Public Forest Estate (PFE),the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairshas provided no clarity on the way forward or guarantee of protection of jobs for the hundreds of workers employed by the Forestry Commission; recognises the outstanding public service provided by the Forestry Commission and the strong public support for keeping the forest estate under public control to protect the public's rights of way and the other services it provides; further notes the Forestry Commission provides exceptional value for money, costing less than a second-class stamp to each English taxpayer to fund the PFE's 258,000 hectares and 1,500 woods and forests that it still holds; further notes that independent economic research demonstrates that the benefits the Forestry Commission delivers greatly outweigh the cost, which is a tiny draw-down on the public exchequer for public goods and benefits estimated in the region of 1.8 billion annually; further notes approximately 70 per cent of Forestry Commission PFE costs are raised from revenue generated on and around the PFE via recreation, timber and cafe franchise; and therefore calls on the Government to publicly endorse the Forestry Commission, reverse its cuts and ensure it is funded sufficiently to be able to properly remunerate its employees and to continue to deliver a service up to the level of public expectation.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Caroline Lucas26/03/2012Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
John McDonnell26/03/2012Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon27/03/2012StrangfordDUPSeconded
David Simpson27/03/2012Upper BannDUPSeconded
Graham Stringer27/03/2012Blackley and BroughtonLabourSeconded
Hywel Williams27/03/2012ArfonPlaid CymruSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins27/03/2012Luton NorthLabourSigned
Alan Meale27/03/2012MansfieldLabourSigned
Katy Clark27/03/2012North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner16/04/2012BolsoverLabourSigned
David Crausby16/04/2012Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Mike Hancock16/04/2012Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Lady Hermon17/04/2012North DownIndependentSigned
Steve Rotheram17/04/2012Liverpool, WaltonLabourSigned
Martin Caton17/04/2012GowerLabourSigned
William McCrea18/04/2012South AntrimDUPSigned
Ronnie Campbell18/04/2012Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin18/04/2012Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Linda Riordan18/04/2012HalifaxLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd19/04/2012Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell19/04/2012Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Virendra Sharma19/04/2012Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Lindsay Roy19/04/2012GlenrothesLabourSigned
Naomi Long24/04/2012Belfast EastAllianceSigned
Paul Flynn24/04/2012Newport WestLabourSigned

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