§ Mr. Ron Davies
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress is being made on the re-notification of sites of special scientific interest.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
I am advised by the Nature Conservancy Council that on 30 November 1986, 2,571 SSSIs notified under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 had been re-notified under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. A further 1,024 new sites had been notified under the 1981 Act.
The NCC expects to achieve substantial completion of the re-notification programme as a whole by July 1987.