HC Deb 18 October 1990 vol 177 c910W
29. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement about the effect of new legislation on the ploughing up of footpaths.

Mr. Gummer

The Rights of Way Act 1990 has removed previous uncertainties as to the legal rights and responsibilities of farmers when cultivating land crossed by public rights of way. All farmers have been sent a booklet explaining the new law and providing practical guidance. The act also provides for stronger powers of enforcement. Its provisions have been widely welcomed and the public should benefit from the use of paths which are free from obstruction and clearly marked.