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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many visitors visited (a) the Brecon Beacons, (b) the Norfolk Broads, (c) Dartmoor, (d) Snowdonia, (e) Exmoor, (f) the Lake District, (g) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, (h) the North York Moors, (i) Northumberland, (j) the Peak District, (k) the Pembrokeshire Coast and (l) the Yorkshire Dales in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000, (v) 2001, (vi) 2002 and (vii) 2003 to date. [119144]

Statistics are not collected annually. The last comprehensive visitor survey of the national parks was undertaken in 1994. The figures for national parks in England and Wales are given in the following table. A new survey is to be undertaken in 2004.

National parkVisitor days
Norfolk Broads5,361,000
Lake District13,925,000
North York Moors7,790,000
Peak District12,400,000
Yorkshire Dales8,303,000
Pembrokeshire Coast4,622,000
Brecon Beacons3,622,000
Policy for national parks in Wales is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales. The national parks in Scotland come under the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament, which has established them, and did not exist at the time of the 1994 Survey.