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National Parks And Access To The Countryside Money

Volume 463: debated on Friday 1 April 1949

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Considered in Committee of the whole House under Standing Order No. 84.—[ King's Recommendation signified.]

[Mr. BOWLES in the Chair]

Resolved:

"That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to make provision for National Parks and for other matters, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament:

A. Of any expenditure incurred under the said Act (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") by the Minister of Town and Country Planning—

  • (i) in defraying expenses incurred under the Act by the National Parks Commission to be established thereunder, and in paying remuneration or allowances to the members, officers and servants of the said Commission;
  • (ii) in the payment to local authorities of grants up to the maximum amount hereinafter specified in respect of expenditure incurred by them as herein-after specified;
  • (iii) in defraying expenditure incurred by local authorities for the purposes of proposals relating to long-distance routes, being proposals approved by the said Minister.
  • B. Of any expenditure incurred under the Act by the Minister of Town and Country Planning or by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in respect of the acquisition of land and in respect of the management, whether by either of the said Ministers or by other persons, of land acquired under the Act by either of the said Ministers.

    C. Of any expenditure incurred under the Act by the Treasury in the payment of grants to the Nature Conservancy.

    D. Of any administrative expenditure incurred under the Act by the Minister of Town and Country Planning.

    E. Of any increase attributable to the provisions of the Act in the sums payable out of moneys provided by Parliament under Part I or Part II of the Local Government Act, 1948.

    The expenditure referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph A of this Resolution is expenditure incurred by local authorities—
  • (a) in connection with the exercise, in relation to National Parks, of their powers under the Act of acquiring land, erecting buildings and carrying out work for providing accommodation, meals and refreshments, camping sites and parking places, and for improving waterways, and in connection with the exercise by another authority of powers of carrying out work for improving waterways;
  • (b) in connection with the exercise, in relation to National Parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty,—
  • (i) of their powers under section twenty-six of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947 (including the purchase of land under section nineteen thereof and the payment of compensation under section twenty thereof), and section twenty-eight thereof and of their powers under the Act of planting trees and shrubs and planting or sowing flowers or grass for the preservation and enhancement of natural beauty, and of restoring and improving the appearance of derelict land, and
  • (ii) of their powers relating to public access, their powers of providing wardens and (so far as not hereinbefore referred to) their powers of acquiring land;
  • and the maximum amount of the grants referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph A of this Resolution shall be seventy-five per cent. of the expenditure, so, however that in the case of expenditure incurred in connection with the carrying out of work for the improvement of waterways the maximum amount shall be the amount of the expenditure."—[ Mr. Silkin.]

    Resolution to be reported upon Monday next.