Concerns that the Marine Conservation Zone project is stalling have not been fully addressed, warn MPs.
Commenting on the Government response, Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said
"Our report called for the Government to set out a clear timetable for the Marine Conservation Zones process and a commitment to an end date by which an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas will be established. This response fails to do so. We await the outcome of the Government’s consultation on the first group of possible Marine Conservation Zones with interest and we will be following up this work with the Minister to make sure the process is not delayed any further."
The Science and Technology Committee has received a response from the Government to the ‘Marine science’ Report produced by the Committee on 11 April 2013.
The response will be published as a Special Report on Wednesday 3 July at 00.01 am (HC 443):
There will be no embargoed copies of the Special Report. Copies of the Special Report can be obtained from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop (020 7219 3890) upon publication by quoting the appropriate HC number. The text of the Special Report will be available on the Committee’s website from the time of publication.