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Nature Conservation: EC Action

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many habitat compensation schemes under Article 6(4) of the EU Habitats Directive there have been in the UK: (137338)

(2) what the name was of each project in respect of which a consent was granted requiring compensatory measures under Regulation 53 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.,) Regulations 1994 since those Regulations were introduced; in what year each consent was granted; what type of consent each was; and which European site was affected in each case.

A small number of consents requiring the provision of compensatory measures have been granted since the Regulations were introduced. However, the information requested is not collected centrally. Therefore I have asked my officials to gather the information and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available. Copies of the letter will be made available to all hon. Members in the Library of the House.