To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what steps are being taken by his Department to conserve the habitats of crop pollinators and the natural enemies of pests;(2) what progress is being made by his Department in
(a) promoting remaining natural ecosystems, (b) the restoration of degraded ecosystems and (c) the maintenance of as large an area as possible of modified ecosystems to support a diversity of sustainable uses.
We remain committed to the conservation of wildlife habitats. In partnership with the country conservation bodies and other Government Departments we have introduced a series of measures designed to ensure the good management of important habitats. These include countryside stewardship, the wildlife enhancement scheme, environmentally sensitive areas and agreements with MOD, Forestry Commission and the National Trust.