§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he proposes to extend full protection to vipera berus; and if he will make a statement on any other amendments he proposes to seek to make to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in respect of species protection.
§ Mr. Baldry
Following advice from the Nature Conservancy Council, my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Environment and the Countryside announced on 3 January that the Government had decided to introduce new protective measures for three species, including vipera berus, the adder. I have arranged for a copy of the news release to be placed in the Library of the House.
The necessary instrument to give effect to these changes will be laid before Parliament shortly.