HC Deb 26 March 1968 vol 761 c1139
26. Mr. Peter M. Jackson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government on what date the East Riding County Council complied with his direction to them under Section 37 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949, to publish a definitive map of public rights of way by 26th December, 1967.

Mr. Skeffington

The East Riding Council completed the preparation of its definitive map by 26th December, 1967. Notice of the preparation of the definitive map with details of the places where copies may be inspected was published on 22nd March.

Mr. Jackson

I welcome my hon. Friend's reply, but, first, would he agree that it is not altogether unconnected with the fact that I tabled a Question on this matter, and, secondly, would he urge on the county council the need to commence a review in order that outstanding issues may be determined?

Mr. Skeffington

The desirability of commencing the review has been brought to the notice of the authority concerned. Preparation of the map has taken a very long time, but there were objections to a very large number of paths and many hearings had to take place. This should be understood when considering the background to this matter.