§ Mr. Tyler
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received on the proposed merger of English Nature and the Countryside Commission; what is the timetable for a decision; and what he is doing to ensure that the interests of the landscape, recreation and those involved in economic development are given priority.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 7 March 1994]: Public consultation on the proposals for possible merger runs until 28 March. Few representations have been received to date. All aspects of the remits of the two bodies are being considered during the study announced on 27 January by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment which is expected to be completed by July. A decision will be taken as soon as possible thereafter.