HC Deb 12 February 2004 vol 417 cc1565-6W
Mr. Paterson

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the criteria are for designating an animal species in the United Kingdom as(a) an endangered and (b) a protected species; [153956]

(2) under what circumstances an animal previously categorised in the United Kingdom as endangered or protected is deregistered or otherwise removed from the list; and what conditions must be met for statutory protection to be removed. [153957]

Mr. Bradshaw

As previously mentioned in the answer given to the hon. Member on 26 January 2004,Official Report, column 1W, the animal species listed on schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 are reviewed every five years. My previous answer details the criteria used for assessing whether species should be added to the schedule for the Fourth Quinquennial Review, which will be consulted upon in 2004. The Quinquennial Review criteria relate only to taxa that are endangered or is likely to become endangered.

Endangered species are also identified through inclusion in Red Data Books, where the threats to survival of species are assessed using internationally recognised criteria.

(b) Environment Agency
Members Term of office Remuneration (£)
Sir John Harman 1 January 2004–31 December 2007 87,475
Deputy Chair
Prof. Donald Ritchie 1 July 2001–30 June 2004 32,805
Ex-officio Member
Lady Barbara Young 11 December 2000–10 December 2005 Unpaid
Mr. Colin Beardwood 1 April 2001–31 March 2004 25,515
Mr. Peter Bye 1 September 2003–31 August 2006 18,225
Mr. Ted Cantle 18 September 2003–17 September 2006 18.225
Mr. Andrew Dare CBE 1 February 2002–31 February 2005 21.870
Mr. John B. Edmonds 30 May 2002–31 May 2005 21.870
Prof. Richard Macrory 1 January 2002–31 December 2004 18,225
Mr. Peter Matthews 18 September 2003–17 September 2006 21,870
Ms Sara Parkin QBE 18 September 2003–17 September 2006 18,225
Mr. Richard Percy 1 November 2003–31 October 2006 14,580
Dr. Lyndon Stanton 30 May 2002–31-May 2005 21,870
Mrs. Kay Twitchen 1 April 2004–31-March 2007 25,515
Mr. Gareth Wardell 8 August 2000–7 August 2004 25,515
Prof. Lynda Warren 10 October 2003–9 October 2006 5,515

Part of the Quinquennial Review process is also used to assess whether the species that have been protected by listing on schedule 5 still merit protection. The criteria used are the same as those given in my previous reply of January 26.