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Dogger Bank: Environment Protection

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to protect the Dogger Bank as an offshore special area of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive. (203992)

Dogger Bank has been identified as a draft Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the Habitats Directive Annex III Stage 1 selection criteria. Draft SACs (dSACs) are areas that have been formally advised to the UK Government as suitable for selection as SACs, but have not been formally approved by Government as sites for public consultation. Further information in support of the recommendation is currently being gathered.