§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many sites of special scientific interest there were in Scotland on 31 March; and what was their total area in hectares. 
§ Mr. Macdonald
On 31 March 1999 there were a total of 1,448 sites of special scientific interest in Scotland covering 919,597 hectares.
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.