National Parks

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1987.

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Photo of Mr William Waldegrave Mr William Waldegrave , Bristol West 12:00 am, 4th February 1987

I am not sure that the analogy entirely works, because many councillors who take planning decisions about my constituency do not come from Bristol, West. However, there is a real problem behind what my hon. Friend says. There are not enough local residents among the county and local authority appointees on the national parks boards. I have tried to rectify that by making sure that seven out of the 11 that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State appoints are local residents, but I endorse my hon. Friend's point.