HC Deb 16 February 1972 vol 831 c132W
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.