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Beaches: Naturists

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the provision of naturist beaches. (248130)

My officials have consulted colleagues in DEFRA, the Department responsible for beaches, who have advised that there is no specific policy on the provision of naturist beaches.

However, The Marine and Coastal Access Bill will provide for a new right of access to the English coast and the expectation is that most beaches will be included within this, which will not affect any existing rights or permissions for naturists that may exist on the coast.

DEFRA officials are arranging a meeting with British Naturism to hear their views on the coastal access proposals.