HC Deb 11 May 1965 vol 712 cc29-30W
40. Mr. Philip Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is satisfied with progress in completing maps of public rights of way under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Crossman

No. Twenty-seven of the county councils in England have completed definitive maps for the whole of their counties, but elsewhere progress is uneven and in some cases far too slow. I was concerned particularly to find that rights of way in some of the national parks and approved areas of outstanding natural beauty have not yet been fully mapped. I have asked the county councils concerned to make special efforts to complete the maps for these areas quickly, and I shall continue to press for better progress elsewhere.

44. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what stage the survey of rights of way has reached in Cornwall; and what steps it is proposed to take to secure publication of a definitive map for the county within the immediate future.

Mr. Crossman

Provisional maps of public rights of way have been published for 23 of the county districts in Cornwall. The remaining 7 districts have draft maps. The county council hope soon to publish definitive maps for 22 districts, and they are giving urgent attention to the rest of the county.