Royal Parks Agency

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th June 2005.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture) 2:30 pm, 13th June 2005

No, I do not agree. The park has been there since 1635. We cannot condone a situation in which local people use it as a rat run and it is not available to those of us who wish to conserve it. Traffic issues outside the park are rightly a matter for the local authority, but I remind the hon. Lady that my decision is supported by English Heritage, English Nature, the Royal Parks wildlife group and the Richmond Park green voice group.