HC Deb 20 March 1998 vol 308 cc749-50W
Mr. Leslie

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when the Government will announce the submission of further areas to the European Commission as candidate special areas of conservation. [36013]

Mr. Meacher

A further list of UK proposals has today been sent to the European Commission. This consists of 24 new candidate Special Areas of Conservation, boundary extensions to 13 existing sites already submitted to the Commission as candidate SACs and the addition of further qualifying interests on another 10 candidate SACs. This represents a significant step forward in the implementation of the Natura 2000 network in the UK.

Consideration continues to be given to the few remaining sites included in the two consultation exercises carried out in March 1995 and October 1997 which have not yet been submitted to the Commission. I hope to announce the submission of further sites in the near future.

The list of proposals sent to the Commission is as follows.

New Sites Boundary changes to existing sites Changes to interest of existing sites (within existing boundary)
Lower Bostraze and Leswidden Isles of Scilly Complex Dartmoor
Newlyn downs The Lizard Chesil and the Fleet Asby Complex
South Devon Shore Dock Rooksmoor Roudsea Woods and Mosses
River Ehen St. Albans Head to Durlston Head Norfolk Valley Fens
Wast Water Border Mires (Kielder to Butterburn) Wasdale Screes
Rook Clift Morecambe Bay Pavements
Grimsthorpe Blean Complex
Barnack Hills and Holes East Hampshire Hangers
Devils Dyke North Northumberland Dunes

New sites Boundary changes to existing sites Changes to interest of existing sites (within existing boundary)
Ellers Wood and Sand Dale Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment
Bollihope, Pikestone and Egglestone Fells Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham
North Somerset and Mendip Bats Dungeness
Mendip Woodlands
River Itchen
River Avon
River Eden
Exmoor Heaths
Glan-traeth Berwyn Eryri/Snowdonia
Llyn Cwellyn Limestone Sea Cliffs of S.W. Wales/
Clogwyni Calchfaen De-orllewin Cymru
Morfa Harlech a Morfa Dyffryn Preseli
River Usk/Afon Wysg
Northern Ireland
Rathlin Island Garron Plateau
Lough Melvin

A further announcement about sites in Scotland will follow shortly.