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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:36 am on 16th June 1999.

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Photo of David McLetchie David McLetchie Conservative 10:36 am, 16th June 1999

I must have a discussion with Mr Grieve about his ancestry. Of course, most Conservatives are thought to be descended from the sort of people to whom Dennis Canavan refers-like many curses, that has become a badge that we, as Tories, now wear with pride.

Legislating for access is a dangerous concept. In our opinion, access should be arranged by consent, as that is the best way of balancing the interests of those who wish to use the countryside for leisure and those for whom it is the base for important economic activity. I question whether prescription or diktat by ministers is the correct way in which to sustain our fragile rural environment. That is our position and we are happy to debate it further.