HC Deb 04 December 1989 vol 163 c38W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will undertake an immediate national audit of remaining prime sites for wildlife.

Mr. Trippier

My Department is considering the scope and methodology of a national survey aimed at improving our knowledge of the natural heritage. The Government's scientific advisors, the NCC, is planning a complementary exercise on a census of wildlife. The Government hope that these works will contribute to the White Paper on the Environment which we intend to publish in 1990.