Environmental Protection Legislation: Consultation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — The Environment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:15 pm on 5th February 2001.

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Photo of Mr Sam Foster Mr Sam Foster UUP 4:15 pm, 5th February 2001

We will do all we can to ensure that people are aware of the special areas of control, whether they relate to trees, ASSIs, or otherwise.

A consultation paper will review the protection and management of ASSIs, and it will pose questions about the nature of management agreements, the continued payment of compensation, and action to deal with third-party damage. I suggest to Mr Gibson and representatives of the farming and landowning communities, as well as other interested parties, that comments could be given through that arrangement over a three-month period.

We are seeking partnership with all concerned for the protection of any of these species. I ask Mr Gibson, through his channels, to ensure that those issues will be brought forward in the consultation document.