Caves

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th March 2016.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Conservative, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, what her policy is on the extension of the definition of mapped open countryside to caves.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Section 2(1) of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 provides for a right of access on foot for the purposes of open-air recreation to land which has been mapped as open country (mountain, moor, heath and down) and registered common land.

The Government has no plans to extend the definition of mapped land under that Act to apply to caves.

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