HC Deb 02 May 1968 vol 763 cc1261-2
6. Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of the land of Wales will be included in National Parks in 1970.

Mr. George Thomas

About one-fifth of the area of Wales will be included in National Parks in 1970.

Mr. Evans

In view of that very high proportion, would the right hon. Gentleman press for the establishment of the headquarters of the proposed Country-side Commission in one of the Welsh National Parks, manned by Welshmen, with some English advisory committees to advise them on the English National Parks as suggested in the Western Mail this week?

Mr. Thomas

Every organisation is welcome to make its headquarters in Wales and I will never be an impediment to such a step.

Mr. Tudor Watkins

Will the advisory committee which is set up for Wales have headquarters in Wales? If so, would my right hon. Friend consider Brecon as the best place?

Mr. Thomas

Cardiff, West, is a desirable resort, too, but I will bear in mind what my hon. Friend says.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

Why was the Welsh Office not able to get the Government to agree to a separate commission for Wales under the new set-up of the Countryside Commission? This is a matter of some anxiety.

Mr. Thomas

I can allay the hon. Gentleman's anxiety. There is a Welsh Committee, and Welsh interests will be protected. I will see to that, and, if I do not, my hon. Friend will.

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