HC Deb 30 July 1946 vol 426 cc152-3W
127. Mr. Marples

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning how many footpaths closed during the war have yet to be reopened; and by what date does he expect all the closed footpaths to be reopened.

Mr. Silkin

I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. Many footpaths have already been released, but final decisions will in many cases have to await the consideration of the Services postwar land requirements which a committee under the chairmanship of my Ministry is now considering. It will, however, not be possible for any footpaths to be kept closed after 26th February, 1948, unless an Order under Part III of the Requisitioned Land and War Works Act, 1945, is made by the Minister of Transport.