§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what recent assessment he has made of the damage being caused to ancient pathways and rights of way; and what recent representations he has received on this subject. 
§ Mr. Meale
My Department keeps no records of damage to ancient pathways or rights of way. Highway authorities are responsible for ensuring that rights of way are kept in good order.
We receive about 3 representations each month from members of the public and interested organisations about damaged caused to public rights of way.312W