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Offshore Natural Features

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the protection of offshore natural features. [109619]

The Government is committed to a range of initiatives aimed at protecting the marine environment as outlined in our first Marine Stewardship Report "Safeguarding Our Seas: A Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of our Marine Environment". This includes extending the protection afforded by the Habitats and Birds Directives to offshore areas to protect important natural habitats and species. We aim to consult on draft regulations this summer. We are also looking at ways to improve the

TitleFunding BodyContractor contactContractorRemarksStart dateEnd dateStatus
Genetic variation in susceptibility to chronic effects of organophosphate exposureHSEDr. Nicola CherryCentre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of ManchesterLetter published in Lancet (2002 March, v159). Available at VMD website at > Research & Development > Current Projects Final report imminentJanuary 1999March 2002Completed
Survey of health complaints among sheep–dippersDefra Science DirectorateDr. Tony FletcherLondon School of Hygeine and Tropical MedicineJanuary 2001December 2002Completed
Dose effect profiles for OP sheep dip on brain electrical activity and cognitive performanceDefra Science DirectorateDr. Leah ScottDSTL, Porton DownAvailable at VMD website at http:// > Research & Development > Current Projects
April 1998December 2002Completed—final report awaited
Prospective cohort study of sheep dip exposure and dipper's fluHSEDr. Andrew PoveyCentre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of ManchesterCommencement of project negotiations delayed by FMD, then contractual reconciliation within contractor consortiumJanuary 2003July 2005Work imminently starting

protection available to marine species and habitats, including in the offshore area, through our Review of Marine Nature Conservation. We expect the Review to publish its recommendations early next year.