§ 112. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he has now secured information in respect of the number of county councils that have taken steps to ensure effective signposting of public footpaths; and, in view of the responsibilities of county councils in respect of footpaths, what action he has taken to encourage county councils to fulfil their obligations in this respect.
§ Mr. Marples
As my right hon. Friend has explained to the hon. Member on previous occasions, he can exhort local authorities to erect signposts, but he has no power to require or control their erection, or to obtain information about them. In his opinion, moreover, this is a matter which is properly left to local authorities.