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Clause 41 - Biodiversity lists and action (England)

Part of Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend 11:45 am, 28th June 2005

I am sorry to hear the Minister’s reply. It is because the list has little impact in Wales that I tabled the amendments. It is given scant regard because its status and authority are in doubt. The stance that he has taken will ensure that that happens in England, too. I shall take heart from his words about clause 40 and the idea that recognition of the Government’s determination to move forward on issues of biodiversity will raise the status of the lists. I want to see an improvement on “regard” and I want local authorities in Wales and in England to take cognisance of the lists. If I do not see that happen, I will make the Minister’s life a misery. With that in mind, and on the understanding that he can look forward to my making his life a misery, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.