§ Mr. Durant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether Her Majesty's Government have yet issued the guidance notes on the operation of section 48 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
§ Mr. King
The guidance notes have today been issued to the Nature Conservancy Council, the Countryside Commission, all water authorities, all internal drainage boards and to the National Water Council and the Association of Drainage Authorities. Copies have also been distributed to a number of interested organisations for information and I have made arrangements for a number of copies to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
I am grateful to those bodies which have made some contribution to these new guidelines.