§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will announce the results of the consultation on the Government's proposals for the control of hedges; how many letters of support he has received from individuals and organisations with regard to each of the four options outlined in his proposals; which option gained the most support; which option he will seek to implement; and what his timescale is for putting forward his proposals. 
§ Mr. Meacher
[holding answer 20 March 2000]: The deadline for responses to the consultation paper "High hedges: possible solutions" was 31 January. We are currently analysing the thousands of replies that we have received, and so are not yet in a position to provide the information requested. We will be taking account of all comments in considering the best way forward on this issue. We will announce the results of consultation, and our conclusions, when that consideration has been completed.