Under Section 74 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, Ministers and Government Departments have a duty to have regard to the purpose of conserving biological diversity. This has been replaced by a similar provision under Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act which comes into effect on the 1 October 2006. There is no statutory duty to monitor compliance with this duty.
I have responsibility within the Department for sustainable development issues. We have taken a number of steps to benefit biodiversity including:
Signing up to the biodiversity target under the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.
Continuing to support the work of the Royal Parks Agency, delivered through their biodiversity management plans for each of the eight royal parks.