§ Mr. Elystan Morgan
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) when country parks will be established on the lines described in the White Paper, Leisure in the Countryside;
(2) what consultations have taken place between his Department and county councils with regard to the siting and establishment of country parks;
(3) if he will instruct the Welsh Economic Council to draw up a plan for the establishment of country parks as an incentive to the development of rural areas in Wales which are heavily dependent on tourism.
§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
It is not possible to say, in advance of the proposed countryside legislation, when country parks will be established in Wales. No consultations have yet taken place with the County Councils on possible sites but the122W Councils will be the main instrument for the creation of country parks and it will be primarily for them to plan the location and design of these parks, in consultation with the Countryside Commission, the Welsh Office and other Departments concerned. Advice will also be available from the Welsh Economic Council.