§ Mr. Allaun
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what is his policy regarding camping in general, and, in particular, regarding the problems which have arisen in popular holiday areas; and, in view of the rapid growth of camping mentioned in his report, what assurances he has received that suitable sites for tents and caravans would be found by county councils to replace those lost through Article 4 Directions which he has approved; and what sites have been found.
§ Mr. MacColl
The Town and Country Planning General Development Order allows a good deal of freedom for camping, and my right hon. Friend has no wish to see this freedom curtailed except where there is a special need to protect amenity.
It is clearly in everybody's interest that the unspoilt parts of the coast should be effectively safeguarded from unsightly development, but in my right hon. Friend's dealings with the planning authorities he has stressed the importance of making proper provision for holiday development in the right places.