§ Mrs. Ann Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list his statutory duties with regard to the provision of advice and information to owners and occupiers of sites of special scientific interest.
§ Mr. Ryder
Under section 33 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, I am required to prepare, jointly with other Ministers, a code of guidance on sites of special scientific interest for the benefit of the relevant authorities and for persons affected, that is, owners and occupiers of land in SSSIs.
I have many other powers and duties to advise and inform owners and/or occupiers of agricultural land, which will include those that occupy land in SSSIs.