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Nature Conservancy Council (Ribble Estuary Purchase)

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 30 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will be providing the funds to enable the Nature Conservancy Council compulsorily to acquire the 5,500 acres in the Ribble estuary.

As my hon. Friend will be aware, a compulsory purchase order made by the Nature Conservancy Council would require confirmation by my right hon. Friend and it would be improper to anticipate his decision. But should my right hon. Friend confirm the order the council would be enabled to complete the purchase.