§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales why he decided not to issue a consultation document in respect of his proposed merger of the Nature Conservancy Council and Countryside Commission in Wales.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The requirement to introduce legislation at the earliest opportunity to give effect to Ministers' announced intentions precluded the possibility of formal consultation. Nevertheless, interested parties have been encouraged to submit their views on how the changes might be implemented and these are being considered.