asked Her Majesty's Government:What measures they propose to take pursuant to Recommendation 12 of the First Report from the House of Commons Environment Committee, Session 1984–85, about landscape conservation orders.
The Government's reply to that report (Cmnd. 9522) indicated that further consideration would be given to the introduction of legislation to enable national parks authorities to apply for landscape conservation orders to be made as a power of last resort. We now propose, as an essential step in this process, to publish a consultation paper later this year to seek public views. The paper will include the details of a possible approach to an order-making scheme, and will set out the circumstances in which the Government believe that legislation for this purpose might be justified.