My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer and I have received representations from the National Trust about "Enterprise Neptune", and we have informed the Trust that we are ready to recommend to Parliament that an Exchequer contribution of £250,000 be given. Provision will be made in the Estimates in due course. I hope that this contribution will be a substantial encouragement at the outset to those organising the appeal, and that it will stimulate the generosity of other donors. I am glad to make this contribution as part of the wider policy for the countryside on which I am now working.
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the satisfaction and pleasure with which his Answer will be received in all parts of the House, and certainly by the National Trust and those who are organising this very worth-while venture? Can he say whether he is making progress in his own studies of coastline policy and the preservation of the coastline, and how this project fits in with his wider consideration?
We are obliged to my hon. Friend for his reference to the National Trust. The coast will most clearly be an essential part of any countryside policy, and in the countryside policy on which I am now working the coast will have a prominent part. We regard the work of the National Trust as being part and parcel of what we wish to do about the coast of Britain.
As a member of the executive of the National Trust, may I add my thanks and those of the National Trust? May I also ask whether, in addition, my right hon. Friend hopes to try to make available some of the surplus Service Departments land on the coastline, which will help towards the same objective?