Special Areas of Conservation: EU Action

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Robert Key Robert Key Conservative, Salisbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the candidate special areas of conservation listed as the Dee, Humber and Severn estuaries have been formally adopted as such by the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Marine and Natural Environment)

The Dee, Humber and Severn estuaries have not yet been formally adopted by the Commission as Sites of Community Importance. But we expect that process to be finalised shortly. My Department will then institute the necessary procedures to formally designate these sites as Special Areas of Conservation under the Habitats Directive.

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