The Countryside

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 1st December 1999.

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Photo of Lord Harrison Lord Harrison Labour 4:30 pm, 1st December 1999

My Lords, I was about to make the point that, apart from the other industries that exist in the countryside, leisure and tourism are catching up fast.

Let me conclude by telling your Lordships that the largest public meeting I ever addressed concerned itself with leisure provision in the countryside in the form of the Conservative government's plans to privatise Delamere Forest in Eddisbury, to rob it from the people of Cheshire. Fortunately, the Robin Hoods of the party opposite were repulsed and today we celebrate the fact that the green lung of Cheshire, with which the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Lichfield will be familiar, remains open to, for and used by the people in this part of England's green and pleasant land.