Peat Bogs: Fires:Written question - 1170

Q
(Preston)
Asked on: 12 February 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Peat Bogs: Fires
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the burning of peatland in England.
A
Answered by: Rebecca Pow
Answered on: 26 February 2020

The Government has always been clear on the need to end burning of protected blanket bog to conserve these vulnerable habitats and we are looking at how legislation could achieve this.

Progress is being made in promoting sustainable alternatives. We have urged landowners to adopt these and we continue to work with them constructively.

Our intention has always been to legislate if a voluntary approach failed to deliver.

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