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Forests Consultation

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that Caroline Spelman was the right person for the job of Environment Secretary, the PMS said yes.

Asked how Caroline Spelman and the Prime Minister had reached a decision regarding the forests consultation, the PMS said that we didn’t usually go into details on decision-making; we made announcements once a decision had been reached. Clearly the Prime Minister had views on this issue, which he had set out in the House on Wednesday.

Asked if the Prime Minister thought that the policy was wrong or that it had been communicated badly, the PMS said that the Prime Minister thought that the current situation needed to change, because in the past forests had been sold off without any safeguards around access for the public. As far as this consultation was concerned we had put out some proposals, people had expressed their views and we had responded, which was the way we carried out consultations.

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