HC Deb 12 June 1956 vol 554 c242
58. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government the total length of the proposed Offa's Dyke path; for how many miles the necessary rights of way have been obtained; and when the remainder will be opened.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. J. Enoch Powell)

The total length of the approved route is 169 miles and public rights of way exist over 125 miles. It is for the local authorities along the route to create public rights of way over the remainder of the route, and I cannot say when this will be completed.

Mr. Parker

Will the Minister stimulate these authorities to get on with the job?

Mr. Powell

The responsibility is theirs, and there is certainly no case at the moment for my right hon. Friend considering the use of any default powers.