§ Sir Philip Goodhart
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the review of the royal parks.
§ Sir George Young
I am pleased to welcome today the publication of the report of the royal parks review group.
The review group's report is a key part of our strategy aimed at fundamental changes and improvements in the 236W royal parks and how we run them. We are aiming for excellence in the way the parks are kept, quality in what the parks offer and better management and value for money.
We are grateful to Dame Jennifer Jenkins and her team for their efforts and their expertise. They have produced a stimulating report of interesting proposals.
The group's proposals will be discussed by local amenity groups, professionals and everyday park users at a conference on 5 March. We will produce a full response to the report once we have heard what they have to say.
Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.