HC Deb 16 June 1992 vol 209 cc439-40W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action his Department is taking to implement the EC flora, fauna and habitats directive.

Mr. Maclean

The United Kingdom's current nature protection provisions give this country a firm basis for implementation of the directive. We are considering what further provisions are necessary to enable the directive to come fully into force within the two years prescribed.

At the same time the Government's scientific advisers are working on the criteria for site selection as the first step towards compiling the United Kingdom's national list of candidate sites to be considered as sites of Community importance.