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Volume 929: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to encourage walking as a means of transport.

About 40 per cent. of all journeys are made entirely on foot, and I therefore naturally attach great importance to the increasing provision of pedestrian facilities. This is mainly a responsibility of local authorities, but my Department has an active programme of research, issues general advice and is very ready to help with particular initiatives.