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Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 1 May 2003, Official Report, column 461W, on the Darwin Mounds, when the consultation on the legislation to apply the Habitats Directive to offshore areas will begin. [121648]

Preparations are under way for a full public consultation to begin in July, with a view to regulations being laid before Parliament during the autumn.