Forests: Caroline Spelman and Bishop of Liverpool

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The Bishop of Liverpool, who led a report into the future of state-owned forests in England, explained why it decided to recommend they should not be sold off.

The Right Rev James Jones said trees were an important part of flood protection, while Grant Shapps explained the government had learned lessons learned through the consultation.

The panel first watched clips of Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman on how the government changed its position through the consultation after 500,000 people signed a petition and called for the planned sell-off to be scrapped.

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