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Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to increase the number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in favourable condition by 2010; and if he will make a statement. (193666)

We are working closely with Natural England, and other stakeholders to achieve our public service agreement target of bringing 95 per cent. of England’s SSSI land area into favourable or recovering condition by 2010. Currently, 80.8 per cent. of the SSSI land area is meeting the target and we are confident that the 2010 target, while challenging, remains achievable.