§ Mr. Ben Chapman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of the damage to the environment caused by cyclists in(a) rural areas and (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty. 
§ Mr. Mullin
My Department has made no such estimate. Together with Government agencies and nongovernmental organisations, we seek to encourage responsible behaviour in the countryside by all users to ensure that damage is kept to a minimum.