Thames Basin Heaths

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what consultation with local planning authorities in the affected areas took place prior to the implementation of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Areas;

(2) if she will list the occasions on which the implementation of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) was referred to (a) in Parliament and (b) in public by Ministers in her Department prior to designation of the SPA.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

In March 2000, Thames Basin Heaths was notified to Parliament as potentially qualifying as a Special Protection Area.

It was classified as a Special Protection Area on 9 March 2005 following consultations undertaken by English Nature and my Department. All relevant local authorities were directly consulted by English Nature.

We do not hold records of when the implementation of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area was referred to in Parliament, or on all public references by Ministers.

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