§ Baroness Nicol
asked Her Majesty's Government:
When they expect to make an announcement following consideration of replies to the consultation paper Protecting the Countryside, as they undertook to do in their written reply on 25th January 1988 (col. 486).
The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (The Earl of Caithness)
The consultation paper prompted a wide range of views. We are considering carefully how best to proceed but I cannot yet say when we shall be in a position to make an announcement.