§ Captain W. Elliot
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans she has for the development and preservation of nature reserves; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The Natural Environment Research Council, of which the Nature Conservancy is a component body, develops and preserves as National Nature Reserves representative habitats in Great Britain for the purposes of study, research and conservation of their distinctive fauna, flora and physical character. A comprehensive review is being carried out which will form the basis for identifying and safeguarding such sites in the future. I understand that this review is nearing completion.