HC Deb 16 November 1948 vol 458 c191
26. Mr. H. D. Hughes

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning if his attention has been drawn to the recommendation of the Gathering Grounds Sub-committee concerning public access to these grounds; whether full weight is being given to this in the policy of his Department; and what steps he is taking to secure access where it is at present prohibited.

Mr. Silkin

The answer to the first two parts of my hon. Friend's Question is, "Yes." With regard to the third part, I am in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health and hope that as a result it will be possible to secure in due course that full advantage is taken of the recommendations of the Sub-committee.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that over half of the major water authorities listed in the appendix to this report are at present restricting access to a degree not warranted in view of the recommendations of the report, and would he speed up the action which he is now taking?

Mr. Silkin

I am very interested in my hon. Friend's information, and I will certainly speed up a decision.