BOYACK VOWS TO KEEP UP PRESSURE ON SNP TO DITCH PLANS TO PRIVATISE FORESTS

On his last morning as Environment Minister, Michael Russell will give evidence to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee today on the SNP's controversial plans to privatise Scotland's forests.

Labour's Sarah Boyack, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said:

"Labour has repeatedly called on the Minister to dump his damaging proposals to lease a quarter of Scotland's forests and the day before he's in the hot seat to face a grilling on the controversial proposals he is replaced as Environment Minister.

"It is disappointing that today's important parliamentary process is more or less null and void because he won't now be the Minister taking forward these plans.

"We believe the SNP should drop the proposals from the existing Climate Change Bill. We are concerned about future access, recreation, wildlife projects and jobs. The SNP have already caused uncertainty in the Forestry Commission and the timber production industry in Scotland.

"We will continue to fight these ill-thought out plans and hope the new Minister Roseanna Cunningham will do the right thing and ditch them."

 

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