Legislative Programme

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

Alert me about debates like this

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

We did not introduce the concept of national parks and the issue requires further examination. We must get away from the notion that national parks are a good thing in themselves, and must examine what they mean for the local economy, the local environment and the people who have to live and work in them. The whole national parks concept raises serious issues of management and funding, which were exemplified in last week's debate on Dr Jackson's motion. At this stage, I want merely to issue a caveat. The Government cannot expect the rest of us to give wholehearted approval to its proposals and to stand cheering from the sidelines simply because it has put out the soundbite "national park".