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Natural England: Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the model byelaw to enable Natural England to use its powers under section 28R of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, in respect of sites of special scientific interest. (200392)

We have no immediate plans to draw up model byelaws for use in these circumstances. The provision for SSSI byelaws was introduced by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Since then, the SSSI regime has been further strengthened by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 which introduced an additional third party offence under section 28P. Natural England is using this mechanism, as a method of dealing with damaging third party activity in SSSIs.