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Marine Conservation Zones

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what use will be made of scientific evidence in identifying marine conservation zones under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; (325467)

(2) whether the seven principles of ecological coherence will be adhered to in the designation of marine conservation zones;

(3) whether the minimum conservation objective for marine conservation zones will be that of favourable condition.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Paddy Tipping) on 29 March 2010, Official Report, columns 609-10W.