§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations he has had with his opposite numbers in the European Community Council of Ministers concerning the further European Community directives on the protection of endangered, valuable or rare plant and animal species.
§ Mr. Baldry
The proposed Council directive on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora has been discussed at several meetings of the European Community Council of Environment Ministers. At the meeting held on 18 March my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Environment and Countryside welcomed the significant progress achieved by the Presidency and said that the United Kingdom was fully committed to the objectives of the proposed directive.