§ Mr. Martlew
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the occasions when his powers of compulsory purchase of land under section 17 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 have been used in Scotland in each year since 1981; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Hector Monro
Such powers of compulsory purchase are not available to my right hon. Friend; they are exercisable by Scottish Natural Heritage, previously the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland and the Nature Conservancy Council, but only with my right hon. Friend's authorisation. No use of these powers has been made.