MP welcomes halt to sales

MP Sir Alan Beith has welcomed the decision that sales of forestry land under a Labour-operated scheme will be halted so that new criteria and safeguards can be put in place.

The Government had already announced that there would be safeguards when it replaced the old scheme with leasehold-only sales.

Sir Alan said: “One of the key factors in my decision not to support the Government’s plans was my fear that woodland would continue to be sold without safeguards until a new scheme was put in place.

“This halt on sales until safeguards are built in is a very welcome step in the right direction.”