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Water Supply: Abstraction

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many abstraction licences will need to be amended or revoked in order to meet obligations for Natura 2000 sites and their public service agreement target for site of special scientific interest condition. [HL3791]

The Environment Agency is undertaking a review of abstraction licences that may impact on the integrity of Natura 2000 sites; this work should be completed in 2008. Similar work is being undertaken on abstraction licences that may be damaging sites of special scientific interest in England. The number of abstraction licences that will need to be amended or revoked to meet obligations for Natura 2000 sites and sites of special scientific interest will become clear when this work has been completed.