§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he is giving to the International Council for Bird Preservation and RSPB reports on the Gulf birds.
§ Mr. Baldry
[holding answer 21 March 1991]: As I indicated to the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) on 15 March at column 1392, I very much welcome the initiative taken by the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP) in sending two experts to the Gulf earlier this month.
The ICBP has now prepared a proposal for further work to survey the spring migration in the Gulf in April and May. We have been interested to see this and will consider it carefully and I understand that ICBP has discussed the proposal with the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development in Saudi Arabia.