Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03
18 March 2003 COUNTRYSIDE AND RIGHTS OF WAY ACT 2000:
Report Published


Session 2002-03
18 March 2003 COUNTRYSIDE AND RIGHTS OF WAY ACT 2000:
Report Published

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today publishes its Fifth Report of this session on the implementation of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The Report follows an inquiry conducted in recent weeks on behalf of the Committee by a Sub-committee chaired by Paddy Tipping MP.  The other members of the Sub-committee were Mr David Borrow MP, Rt Hon David Curry MP, Mr David Drew MP, Patrick Hall MP, and Mr Bill Wiggin MP.

On publication of the Report, the Chairman of the Sub-committee, Paddy Tipping MP, said:

"People have long campaigned for the 'right to roam'.  The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which introduces it, is therefore a significant piece of legislation.  The important issue now is that the necessary resources to implement the Act are identified and made available.  In particular, local highway authorities should be properly funded and committed to the Act's successful implementation."

There will not be a press conference to launch the Report nor will advanced copies be available.  However, the Chairman of the Sub-committee will be available for interview by the media from 11.00 am today: those wishing to do so should contact Tim Jarvis on 020 7219 2735.


Copies of the Report will be available from 11.00 am today, 18 March 2003, in the following ways:

  • Members of the media can collect them from the Press Gallery, House of Commons;

  • They will be sent by post to all witnesses (including those who submitted written evidence), or, if preferred, they can be collected either by witnesses or by their representatives between 11.00 am and 12.00 noon on Tuesday, from Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London;

  • The Report will also be available from the usual outlets, including the Stationery Office bookshops (reference: Fifth Report of the Committee, Session 2002-03, HC 341); and

  • The Report will be posted on the internet at approximately 3.30 pm on 18 March, and will be accessible via the Committee's homepage.


Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.