Date lodged: 11 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for a review of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 and, if so, (a) what the purpose of such a review would be, (b) whether a public consultation would be held on this and (c) what the timescale would be for this.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 November 2017
The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 are the principal instrument transposing the EU Habitats Directive into Scots Law.
Scottish Ministers have no current plans to review or consolidate the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994. As part of our preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU, we are considering whether any gaps could arise that would need to be addressed to ensure Scotland maintains its high standards of environmental protection. The case for consultation on any ensuing proposals for amendment will be considered at the appropriate time.