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Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the operation of the nitrate vulnerable zones action programme; and if he will make a statement. (171748)

We have recently conducted a comprehensive assessment of the nitrates vulnerable zone action programme, as part of the four-yearly review required by the nitrates directive. Proposals and supporting evidence to revise the current programme, in light of that review, are set out in a DEFRA consultation issued in August 2007; the closing date for comments is 13 December 2007.