§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on rights of way in Scotland.
§ Sir Hector Monro
Neither my right hon. Friend nor I have any plans to make a statement on rights of way in Scotland at present.
Scottish Natural Heritage issued on 13 January a consultation paper entitled "Enjoying the Outdoors" which considers arrangements for access to the countryside in Scotland, including rights of way. It will report the results of its consultation exercise to me in due course and I shall consider then any recommendations which it may make.