Access paper put on hold?

4 July 1997

Access paper put on hold?

JUNIOR farm minister, Elliot Morley, stressed that Labour would not advocate an unqualified right to roam policy.

Despite claims from some Labour back-benchers that landowners would lose current access arrangements, Mr Morley told the Country Landowners Association that the Party would stick to its line taken in the manifesto.

The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions access paper was expected to be launched early in July. But Whitehall sources said it will now take place later in the summer.

Mr Morley predicted big changes in rural areas over the next five years, with support switching from production to focus on a wider rural policy, through reform driven by the demands of the GATT talks and EU enlargement.

Labour wanted to work with industry and non-governmental organisations for a more integrated rural approach that tackled planning, transport, housing and education.n

Tony McDougal

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