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Public Footpaths

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations (a) he and (b) Natural England have had with Visit Britain on Natural England’s review of national trails and routes. (255777)

My officials are aware of Natural England’s review of national trails and routes.

Natural England has consulted VisitEngland (formerly VisitBritain) about its review and it has been actively involved throughout all stages of the review. It is represented on a small steering group of major stakeholders which has advised and contributed to every aspect of the review from agreeing the scope, gathering, analysing and challenging the evidence, refining recommendations and consulting with tourism, user group, landowner and local authority interests. VisitEngland also attended a national consultation event.