§ Ross Cranston
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2002,Official Report, column 1032W, when she expects to publish the consultation paper on the closure or diversion of rights of way. 
§ Alun Michael
I have set high priority on implementing the measures in the CROW Act to enable the closure or diversion of rights of way where this is needed for crime prevention but I also want to make sure that the processes are kept as straightforward as possible. The same applies for the provisions in relation to locations where the safety of school pupils is the issue. With this in mind, I am currently refining our proposals and intend to issue a consultation paper very soon.