§ Ms. Short
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidance he has given to English Nature concerning its obligation to disseminate to the public data and information on the state of the environment; and what steps are being taken by English Nature to advertise its new responsibilities relating to the provision of environmental information.
§ Mr. Maclean
English Nature already disseminates information on nature conservation as one of its key functions. My Department has provided guidance on the new Environmental Information Regulations which took effect in December and English Nature will be taking steps to inform its customers and partners of how it intends to meet its obligations under the regulations.