HC Deb 12 March 1935 vol 299 cc199-200
38. Mr. MANDER

asked the Minister of Health whether he can state the present position with regard to the carrying into effect of the recommendations of the Committee on National Parks; and whether the Advisory Committee on Town Planning recently appointed have as yet given consideration to the matter or made recommendations?


The report of the National Parks Committee has received consideration, but while my right hon. Friend is in sympathy with the objects which the committee have in view, he cannot at the present time hold out any prospect of putting their recommendations into operation. Local authorities, by means particularly of planning schemes under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1932, are making steady progress in the reservation of land for both public and private open spaces and in the control of premature building operations and will continue to receive all the help and encouragement in these matters which my right hon. Friend is able to give them. My right hon. Friend has not received any recommendations in the matter from the advisory committee on town planning.


Is it not possible to find the small sum of £10,000 a year for this purpose in view of the fact that £10,000,000 a year can be found for armaments?


In connection with this proposed national park is there any suggestion that there should be a charge of 2d. a seat for sitting down in it?