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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to announce the areas he is considering to designate as environmentally sensitive areas; with whom he is consulting about this initiative; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has sought advice from the statutory conservation agencies in Scotland on the areas suitable for designation as environmentally sensitive areas. Consideration is currently being given, in consultation with the conservation agencies, to proposals for a number of areas and an announcement will be made in due course.