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National Parks

Volume 692: debated on Wednesday 13 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How soon, in light of the clarification of national park legislation in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, they now expect to confirm the designation of the South Downs National Park. [HL4160]

The Government will shortly be inviting further representations on matters that were not able to be addressed by the South Downs inquiry. In the light of responses received, Ministers will consider whether it is appropriate for the inquiry to be reopened. If it is reopened, an announcement on the decision whether to create a South Downs national park is expected no later than autumn 2008. If it is not reopened, an announcement early in 2008 will be possible.