HC Deb 03 July 1987 vol 118 cc191-2W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the traffic levels expected on the projected east-west main road in

Mr. Ridley

I am well aware of criticisms which have been expressed of the possible effect on the population of some bird species of afforestation in the Caithness and Sutherland peat lands. The Government are urgently considering ways of ensuring that an appropriate balance between conservation and other land uses is achieved. The United Kingdom will, in accordance with Article 12 of Directive 79/409/EEC be reporting in appropriate terms on the general implementation of national provisions taken under the Directive.