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Lake Windermere Speed Limit

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what consultations the Sports Council had with anglers and walkers before deciding to support the opponents of the proposed speed limit on Lake Windermere at the public inquiry; [14604]

MinisterDateLocationPurposeCost to nearest £100
Mr. Clarke12 May-14 MayCannesSupport for the British film industry1,700
Mr. Smith14 May-16 MayCannesSupport for the British film industry1,500
Mr. Banks10 June-11 JuneParisSupport for the FA bid for the World Cup 2006 and attend the Turnoi de France1,600
Mr. Fisher28 June-1 JulyRome/LuxembourgAttending State opening and Culture Council1,900
Mr. Fisher28 July-same dayBrusselsMeet representatives of the EP Culture and Media Committee1,600
Mr. Clarke31 August-3 SeptemberVenice/RomeSupport for the British film industry/Meeting with Italian DPM2,600
Mr. Clarke2 October-5 OctoberBrittanySupport for the British film industry500
Mr. Clarke8 October-15 OctoberFar EastPromotion of British tourism10,200
Mr. Banks10 October-same dayRomeSupport for the FA bid for the World Cup 2006 and attend the England v Italy qualifier1,600
Mr. Fisher15 October-16 OctoberFrankfurtPromotion of the British publishing industry and attend the European Book Fair1,200
Mr. Banks23 October-30 OctoberUSA/Trinidad/Costa RicaSupport for the FA bid for the World Cup 20069,800
Mr. Smith21 October-26 OctoberUSAPromotion of British creative industries112,100
Mr. Smith11 November-same dayBrusselsVisit to the European Commission1500
1 Denotes full figures not yet available.

(2). what was the total cost incurred by the Sports Council in making representations to the public inquiry into the proposed speed limit on Lake Windermere. [14605]

The then GB Sports Council (GBSC) consulted a wide range of sports interests groups before deciding to support the opponents of the proposed speed limit upon Lake Windermere. Anglers and walkers organisations included:

  • Salmon and Trout Association;
  • Furness and South Cumbria Fisheries Consultative Association;
  • Northern Federation of Sea Angling Societies;
  • Fly Dresser' Guild;
  • Ramblers Association; and
  • Northumberland Long Distance Walkers' Association.
In 1996–97, the GBSC and its successor, the English Sports Council (ESC) spent £7,200 on the Lake Windermere speed limit issue. In 1997–98 to date, the ESC has spent £4,600. Information on GBSC spending in previous years could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.The Lake District National Park Authority successfully appealed to the High Court to have the original decision not to introduce a speed limit quashed. A hearing took place on 18 November at which the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions did not oppose the Authority's legal challenge. He is now required to re-consider the whole issue afresh and a further round of representations is necessary.