HC Deb 22 April 1999 vol 329 cc627-8W
Miss Geraldine Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to provide additional funding for areas of outstanding natural beauty; and if he will make a statement. [81614]

Mr. Meale

We have already announced an additional £2.5 million for the new Countryside Agency to spend in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and similar landscape areas in 1999–2000.

The former Countryside Commission has provided advice to the Government on various aspects of the care of protected landscapes. We are still considering all of the issues very carefully and hope to announce some conclusions soon.