§ 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.