§ 13. Mr. Waller
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has to have fresh consultations on the Wildlife and Countryside Bill.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Hector Monro)
My right hon. Friend is continuing discussions with interested parties and we intend to publish a paper in the spring describing the revised proposals in detail.
§ Mr. Waller
Is my hon. Friend aware that hon. Members on both sides of the House are anxious to see this legislation for the protection of vulnerable species enacted as soon as possible? Will my hon. Friend assure the House that he will not allow discussions to be so protracted as to prevent this legislation from being brought forward as early as possible in the new Session?
§ Dr. David Clark
In view of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on common land in 1958, and the recommendations made two years ago by the working party from the hon. Gentleman's Department that the general public should have access to all common land, will the hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that he will consider including a clause in this Bill to deal with this problem?
§ Mr. McQuarrie
When the Minister consults the representatives of the Country Landowners Association on this matter will he take into consideration the considerable number of people who are employed in rural areas and on the moors? This is an important issue in relation to employment in rural areas.