§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answers of 30 November,Official Report, column 706, regarding the provision of environmental advice, if he will specify the advice he received from each organisation.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
[holding answer 5 December 1994]: Consultation of other Departments and organisations took place on the understanding that the information provided would be treated in confidence. This is our established practice with regard to consultation on blocks offered for licensing.
Officials took account of the concerns of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Countryside Council for Wales, regarding the ecological status of the area. It was agreed that blocks could be offered and special conditions should be attached to each licence. These special conditions have been agreed with, among others, the Department of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the JNCC, which has consulted the CCW.