HC Deb 23 July 1999 vol 335 cc699-700W
Mr. Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 1999,Official Report, column 426, on the Royal Tournament, when the first Military Festival to be performed in Colchester is planned to take place; and how many performances there will be. [92630]

Mr. George Robertson

The first military festival will be based on the Royal Navy's Festival of the Sea to be held in 2001 at Portsmouth. No decision has yet been taken as to where it will be held thereafter.

Special Scientific Interest sample survey of lowland heathland, indicating in each case the condition and area of the site. [92212]

Mr. Spellar

The national Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) sample survey of lowland heathland was one of several pilot surveys undertaken by English Nature to develop a methodology for determining the condition of habitats on SSSIs, based on a sample of sites. The sample survey undertaken in 1994 and 1995 covered 93 lowland heathland SSSIs out of a possible 385 sites.

A number of sites owned or used by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) were included in this survey.