§ Sir Peter Mills
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what parts of the Wildlife and Countryside Act have come into force already and will come into force over the next six months.
§ Mr. MacFarlane
The following sections of the Wildlife and Countryside Act are already in force:
Sections A. Provisions which came into force one month after Royal Assent; ie on 30 November 1981 Part II. 28 SSSIs 33 Ministerial Code of Guidance 34 Limestone pavements 35 National Nature Reserves 36–37 Marine Nature Reserves 38 Grants and loans by NCC 39 Management agreement powers 40 Countryside Commission experimental schemes 42 Notification of agriculture or forestry operations on moor or heath in National Parks 43 Maps of moor or heath 44 NPA power to make grants and loans 45 Countryside Commission power to vary national park boundaries 49 LA power to appoint wardens 50 Payments under certain management agreements 51 Powers of entry 52 Interpretation of part II Part III. 59 Bulls on land crossed by public rights of way 60 Regulation of equestrian traffic on public rights of way 61 Ploughing of public rights of way 62 LA power to appoint wardens for public rights of way 65 Signposting of public rights of way 66 Interpretation of part III Part IV. 67–74 Miscellaneous and general provisions (except S73(1) so far as it relates to part II of schedule 16) B. Provisions which were brought into effect by commencement order No. 1 on 16 February 1982 Part I. 12 Protection of certain mammals listed in Schedule 7 Part II. 48 New duty of water authorities to further conservation etc. Part III. 73(1) Repeals relating to the Deer Act 1963, the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 and the Badgers Act 1973 C. Provisions which were brought into effect by commencement order No. 2 on 1 April 1982 Part II 47 Change of status of Countryside Commission
We are aiming to bring in all the remaining provisions in the next six months, many of them in the very near future.