§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will take further measures and seek additional powers to safeguard Great Britain's coastal areas from development, with a view to acquiring them for the nation.
§ Mr. Crossman
I am satisfied that existing powers of control if exercised effectively by local planning authorities can prevent undesirable development of the coast and I have asked these authorities to produce and publish maps showing coastal areas which they intend to protect in this way. In addition, regional conferences between the National Parks Commission and maritime planning authorities are being held over the next year with a view to formulating, and advising me on, long-term coastal policies.