§ Dr. David Clark
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will take special measures to protect unimproved flower meadows such as that at West Mersea, Essex; and what information he has as to the acreage of meadows similar to that at West Mersea now left in Essex.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
I am satisfied that existing arrangements for notifying and protecting sites of special scientific interest, and for making nature conservation orders where appropriate, are adequate.341W
I am advised by the Nature Conservancy Council that there are approximately 52.6 hectares—130 acres—of grassland in Essex of the type found at the West Mersea site.