HC Deb 21 April 1982 vol 22 c270
23. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he now expects the sections of the Wildlife and Countryside Act relating to footpaths to come into effect.

Mr. Macfarlane

My right hon. Friend expects to bring into force the sections concerning definitive maps of public rights of way and public path orders by the autumn of this year.

Mr. Bennett

Will the Minister give a guarantee that in the transition from the old to the new regulations no public rights of way will be lost?

Mr. Macfarlane

I cannot give any guarantees or promises. It is well known that we are trying to bring these sections into force by the end of the year. I am sorry that it is taking a little longer than we anticipated.