HC Deb 06 March 1962 vol 655 cc188-9
19. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs, in view of the concern of the National Parks Commission at the proliferation of aerial masts in areas of great natural beauty, what steps he is taking to ensure that whenever possible the masts are shared.

Mr. Rippon

Inter-Departmental machinery already exists to ensure that the feasibility of sharing aerial masts is considered before they are erected.

Mr. Boyden

What representations has the National Parks Commission made to the hon. Gentleman's Department about this matter? Is he taking more notice of them than he is taking of recommendation No. 8 in regard to county councils and footpaths?

Mr. Rippon

There were representations made, of course, in the Twelfth Report of the National Parks Commission. The Commissioners drew attention to their concern about the matter. We are endeavouring to meet their representations, but there are very great technical difficulties in marrying up installations of this kind.