HL Deb 09 October 2000 vol 617 cc31-2

(" . In exercising any function under Part I of this Act in relation to any access land, any access authority, the appropriate countryside body, the Secretary of State and the National Assembly for Wales shall be under a duty to give precedence to the conservation of the flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features, and any scheduled ancient monument, on the land.").

The noble Earl said: Noble Lords, in particular the noble Lord, Lord Shepherd, will be delighted to hear that I have no intention of taking up too much of the time of the Committee on the amendment. I have made most of the remarks that I would have made when discussing a previous amendment.

Noble Lords

The amendment has already been debated.

Earl Peel

I have not withdrawn the amendment. I wish to make one brief remark. The purpose of the amendment was to see a commitment—

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton

The amendment needs to be moved in order for anyone to speak to it. It is either moved or not moved. It cannot be spoken to until it is moved.

Earl Peel

In order not to waste the time of the Committee, I shall beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

The Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lord Strabolgi)

The amendment cannot be withdrawn if it has not been moved. It is best for the noble Earl to say "Not moved".

[Amendment No. 304 not moved.]

Lord Glentoran moved Amendment No. 304A: After Clause 38, insert the following new clause—