§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what new measures he is proposing to provide greater protection to sites of special scientific interest in order to prevent destruction of wildlife habitats.
§ Mr. Maclean
The additional safeguards for sites of special scientific interest announced by this Government in September 1991 came into effect on 2 January 1992. Guidance to local authorities and others on how our policies for the conservation of our natural heritage are to be reflected in land use planning, and development control, are to be set out in a planning policy guidance note, which will be published shortly.