§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what appraisal he has made of transport needs to and within each of the national parks.
§ Mr. Chope
[holding answer 21 Feburary 1992]: My right hon. and learned Friend's responsibility is for the trunk road network, which forms a small proportion of the transport infrastructure serving national parks. The Government's policy remains as stated in the 1987 White Paper:In National Parks the Government is committed to ensuring that no new trunk routes will be constructed or an existing road upgraded unless there is a compelling need which cannot be met by any reasonable alternative means.
Policy for trunk roads in national parks in Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.
Other transport needs are a matter for local authorities, passenger transport executives, and British Rail, in consultation with the national park authorities where appropriate.