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Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 21 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their timetable for consultation on, and consideration of, the proposals from Natural England for the creation of a 4,500 kilometres continuous corridor of clear and well-managed public access along the length of England's coast. [HL2665]

The Government received Natural England's report on 28 February in which it recommended that the Government should introduce new legislation to enable Natural England to align a “coastal access corridor” around the whole coast that people could enjoy with confidence and certainty. We are considering Natural England's advice and intend to issue a public consultation document in the spring.