Newts

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Iain Stewart Iain Stewart Conservative, Milton Keynes South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many great crested newt licences have been (a) applied for and (b) granted in each year since 2007.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information on great crested newt mitigation licences prior to 2008 is not readily available. Licence applications received in one calendar year for work to be carried out the next year may not have been processed until early the following year.

The figures for new licences are:

Applications

Licences granted

2008

133

100

2009

193

195

2010

219

227

2011

195

205

2012

226

185

2013

239

255

2014

269

249

The following applications to modify an existing licence were also made:

Applications to modify an existing licence

Modified licences granted

2008

104

77

2009

217

176

2010

218

178

2011

191

151

2012

226

171

2013

308

220

2014

229

247

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