asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the last five occasions since 1979 on which he. or his predecessors, used the powers in sections 16 and 17 of the Defence Act 1842 to stop up or divert any public footpaths or bridleways, stating in each case (a) the date of the stopping up or diversions, (b) the footpaths or bridleways affected by the stopping up or the diversions, and (c) the lengths of footpaths and bridleways stopped up and the length of footpath or bridleway created under the exercise of the powers.
The Defence Act 1842 has been used on one occasion since 1979 to stop up a bridleway. The details are as follows:
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what rights of objection the public has to a proposal to stop up or divert a public footpath or bridleway under section 16 of the Defence Act 1842.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when, and where, he next plans to use section 16 of the Defence Act 1842 to stop up or divert a public footpath or bridleway.
As and when the need arises.