§ Mr. Burns
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to fund any increased costs of dealing with wider access to the countryside(a) by increasing resources to and (b) from existing budgets of (i) the Countryside Agency, (ii) English Nature and (iii) English Heritage. 
§ Mr. Meacher
The Government's proposals for giving people greater access to the countryside are set out in our "Framework for Action" which my Department published on 8 March this year. We do not expect them to have major financial consequences but we have made clear that, where appropriate, resources will be made available to the relevant statutory agencies to cover costs arising from the new legislation.