Purposes of National Parks

Part of Clause 60 – in the House of Commons at 9:15 pm on 28th June 1995.

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Photo of Mr Robert Atkins Mr Robert Atkins , South Ribble 9:15 pm, 28th June 1995

In essence, the hon. Gentleman is right, but we are concerned about the fact that there are potentially some people or organisations that would choose to go to law because they want to prevent those who live and work in the national parks doing certain things. I am sorry, but I am not prepared to accept that, and nor are my right hon. and hon. Friends. I emphasise again that there was originally consensus about what was attempted, but the concept was not capable of precise definition in a way that would have proved acceptable to some of the organisations that my colleagues and I mentioned.

We have had an interesting debate, but I do not think that we can logically proceed much further.