Footpath Survey (East Riding)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that the East Riding County Council has not completed the draft map stage of the footpath survey; and whether he will now use his default powers under Section 37 of the National Parks Act 1949.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

My right hon. Friend is considering whether to make a direction requiring the county council to prepare a provisional map and he is in correspondence with the Council about this.

Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West

Is the Minister aware that east Yorkshire is the only county which has not yet completed its survey? Is not action imperative, particularly in view of the White Paper issued yesterday by the Minister of Land and Natural Resources about access to the countryside?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

My right hon. Friend shares the concern of my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, West (Mr. James Johnson) that there has been slowness in progress. That is why we are now in consultation with the county council on procedure, before issuing a directive, if necessary.