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Cardiff Bay Barrage

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultations he has had with the member of the European Commission responsible for the environment concerning the report of the Worldwide Fund for Nature in relation to the provision of alternative feeding grounds for wading birds displace by the Cardiff bay barrage. [37815]

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place a copy in the Library of the Worldwide Fund for Nature report on the alternative feeding grounds required by the terms of the Cardiff Bay Barrage Act 1993. [37812]

The alternative feeding grounds were not a requirement of the Cardiff Bay Barrage Act but, during the passage of the Bill, an agreement was reached between the Government and conservation interests about bird reserve measures.A copy of the WWF report was received by my Department on Wednesday 18 October which I have not seen. I understand that a response is being considered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proposal he has to acquire land for the provision of alternative feeding grounds for wading birds displaced by the Cardiff bay barrage by (a) compulsory purchase and (b) voluntary means; and if he will make a statement. [37818]

A site option studies report has been concluded by Cardiff Bay development corporation on the advice of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Countryside Council for Wales and the Land Authority for Wales. The final report was submitted to my Department on 16 October.I will consider the report and make an announcement about land acquisition following detailed discussions between my officials and the European Commission.The land acquisition procedures are matters for CBDC to pursue with the Land Authority for Wales.