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Peat Bogs: Fires

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 19781, tabled on 24 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 28 October 2019, Official Report, column 31, what the timeframe is for bringing forward legislative proposals to end the burning of peatland; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

3 March 2020

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