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National Parks

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what is the policy of the Government regarding national parks; and whether it is proposed to set up a National Parks Commission.

A Committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Arthur Hobhouse, was appointed in August of this year with the following terms of reference:

  • (a) to consider the proposals in the Report on National Parks in England and Wales (Cmd. 6628) of May, 1945, as to the areas which should be selected as National Parks; and to make recommendations in regard to the special requirements and appropriate boundaries of those areas which, in the view of the Committee, should be first selected;
  • (b) to consider and report on the proposals made in that Report as to the measures neces- sary to secure the objects of National Parks, and on any additional measures which in the view of the Committee are necessary to secure those objects; and
  • (c) to consider and make recommendations on such other matters affecting the establishment of National Parks and the Conservation of Wild Life as may be referred by the Minister to the Committee.
  • The Committee is actively engaged on its work and it is hoped that its Report will be available within, a year from its appointment. It would be undesirable to prejudge the findings of the Committee by a statement now on the matter raised in the second part of the Question.