§ Mr. Hunter
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from Hampshire on his policy regarding the reclassification of public paths; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Baldry
We have received a number of representations both from local councils and individuals. While I appreciate the concern expressed about the possible effects of reclassifying roads used as public paths (RUPPs) as byways open to all traffic (BOATs), the regulation of use by vehicles, were necessary, is a separate management issue. There are already appropriate powers available to highway authorities. However, the rights of way review committee is presently considering a number of issues relating to the use of vehicles in the countryside, and I look forward to hearing its views.