National Parks Commission

Oral Answers to Questions — Land and Natural Resources – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1967.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 23rd January 1967

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources how many members of the National Parks Commission have served for two years or more; and how many have practical experience of farming or dealing with questions relating to the land.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Two members have served two years or more. Four have practical experience as farmers or landowners; and two others are experienced in questions of rural land use.

Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset

Is this not really a rather small proportion of country people, if the countryside is to have confidence in the Commission? Why were such sweeping changes made, in rather doubtful circumstances even of discourtesy, if they were only to put more townsmen in and to turn out countrymen?

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that he is wrong about this. No discourtesy was intended and no discourtesy was felt over the representation. On the contrary, this is a very substantial representation on the Commission, which, of course, is smaller than it was previously.