HL Deb 26 March 1998 vol 587 cc249-50WA
Baroness Byford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have for consulting all landowners and farmers, including those who are not members of the Country Landowners' Association, whilst negotiating their policy on the right to roam. [HL1094]

Baroness Hayman

The Government's consultation paper,Access to the Open Countryside in England and Wales, issued on 25 February, invites views and comments from all those interested in its proposals. The Government will consider carefully all responses to the consultation paper before deciding how best to achieve their aim of giving greater freedom for people to explore open countryside. Preliminary discussions have been held with the National Farmers' Union, the Moorland Association, and other national organisations, as well as the Country Landowners' Association. There will be further meetings with national organisations representing landowners, farmers and other interests as consultation proceeds.