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Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what ornithological or other scientific surveys were carried out on the area of scientific interest land at Lough Ross, Lisnakea, County Fermanagh, before the agricultural improvements recently approved by the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture went ahead; what steps are being taken to monitor and assess the impact of drainage and related works on breeding wetland birds and other aspects of nature conservation interest present on the site; and if he will make a statement on the destruction of the nest and eggs of a species of bird specially protected by the Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, during the course of the agricultural scheme;(2) if he will make a statement on his policy on the conservation of wetland areas notified as areas of special interest because of their special interest for wetland flora and fauna.

I shall reply to the right hon. and learned Member as soon as possible.