HC Deb 14 June 1999 vol 333 c45W
Mr. Burns

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what economic assessment he has carried out of the impact of the right-to-roam proposals on hill farmers; and if he will make a statement. [86418]

Mr. Meacher

My Department commissioned independent consultants, Entec UK Ltd., to undertake an assessment of different approaches for securing greater public access to open countryside. The study included an assessment of the effects on landowners and occupiers including agricultural enterprises such as sheep and cattle farms. Copies of the report, "Appraisal of Options on Access to the Open Countryside," have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.