§ Lord Melchett
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they can confirm that drainage works carried out on Benbecula in the Western Isles during 1980 damaged the habitat of the red-necked phalarope, a species listed on Annex 1 of Directive 79/409/EEC, and whether the Nature Conservancy Council objected to these works.
§ The Earl of Avon
I am advised that drain clearance works, to which the Nature Conservancy Council did not object, were carried out on the main field drain between Balivanich and Liniclate in Benbecula in 1980. I am further advised that the Nature Conservancy Council has found no evidence to indicate that this work damaged the habitat of the red-necked phalarope.