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Sites Of Special Scientific Interest

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will place in the Library a list of all sites of special scientific interest his Department considers to be of national importance.

No. Such a document could be produced only at disproportionate cost. SSSIs are notified by the Nature Conservancy Council on the basis that the series of sites as a whole should contain adequate representation, in the form of the best examples, of the total countrywide range of natural wildlife habitats, geological features and landforms. These may be of local, national or international significance.