HC Deb 03 February 1970 vol 795 cc68-9W
55. Mr. Gardner

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is satisfied with the steps being taken to relieve pressures on national parks and areas of natural beauty in providing country parks under the Countryside Act; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Skeffington

Satisfactory progress is being made. My right hon. Friend has approved for grant under the Countryside Act, 1968, eight country park schemes. The Countryside Commission have decided to recommend for grant another 13 and they have 93 more under consideration. Most of these parks should help to relieve the pressures on national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.