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Public Rights Of Way

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he will list in the Official Report those local authorities which have not yet modified definitive maps in existence prior to the implementation of the Wildlife and Countryside Act to indicate public rights of way, in accordance with section 53 of the Act; and whether he will make a statement;(2) whether he is satisfied with the progress of the implementation of sections 53 to 66 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in respect of public rights of way.

We are aware that the following county councils have made orders under section 53 of the Act:

DorsetNorth Yorkshire
Greater ManchesterOxfordshire
Isle of WightTyne and Wear
LeicestershireWest Sussex
Apart from Cornwall, Cumbria and Staffordshire and the London boroughs of Bexley and Richmond, who are not yet in a position to make such orders, pending completion of the review they have in progress under the pre-1981 Act system, we have no means of knowing which of the remaining county and London borough councils have made orders, as only opposed orders are required to be submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation.