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Special Protection Areas

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2010, Official Report, column 831W, on Special Protection Areas: cats, what guidance the European Commission has provided on the (a) implementation of the European Habitats Directive and (b) appropriateness of banning domestic cats and dogs in housing developments close to areas with Special Protection status. (319799)

The European Commission has produced a range of guidance on specific articles of the Habitats Directive which is available on its website. I am not aware that any of this guidance gives specific advice on the appropriateness of banning domestic pets close to Special Protection Areas.