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Statutory Designated Sites

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) funding and (b) capacity would be required to ensure 95 per cent. of features on statutory designated sites are in, or approaching, favourable conditions by 2016. (115262)

Environment and Heritage Service seeks to secure appropriate land management regimes that will promote favourable conservation of features in Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) through the use of management agreements with owners or occupiers of designated lands. A budget of £550,000 has been allocated for the current financial year for management agreement payments,

A programme of monitoring that is intended to determine the condition of ASSI features will not be completed until 2008. Consequently, given the lack of comprehensive data, it is not possible to provide the exact information requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the public service agreement target published by the Department of the Environment in 2003 to ensure 95 per cent. of features on statutory designated sites are in, or approaching, favourable conditions by 2013 still stands. (115263)

I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave him on 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 324W.