In a written parliamentary reply, Mr Gummer said: 'I indicated in my written reply to my Hon Friend the Member for Hexham on 9 January 1996, that further candidate Special Areas of Conservation would be sent to the European Commission once points raised in public consultation had been considered and satisfactorily resolved. A further list of 44 sites was sent to the Commission on 14 October.
'Consideration continues to be given to the remaining sites.'
The list of sites sent to the commission is as follows:
Loch Maddy Scotland; Loch of Stenness Scotland; Loch Roag Lagoons Scotland; Loch Sunart Woodlands Scotland; Meall na Samnha Scotland; Moidach More Scotland; Monach Islands Scotland; Moray Firth (marine) Scotland; Morecambe Bay England; Mousa Scotland; North Harris Scotland; North Rona Scotland; North Uist Machair Scotland; Papa Stour Scotland; Plymouth Sound and Estuaries England; Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons England; Solway Firth England/Scotland; Solway Mosses (part) England; Sound of Arisaig Scotland; South Uist Machair Scotland; St Kilda Scotland; Thanet Coast England; The Vadills Scotland; The Wash and North Norfolk Coast England; Usk Bat Sites/Safleoedd Ystlumod Wysg Wales.