§ Mr. Peter Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what qualifications are required for appointment to the Northumberland National Park Committee, with particular reference to residence within England. 
§ Mr. Meale
Our approach in respect of Secretary of State appointments to the National Park Authorities is to encourage candidates to be put forward from as broad a range of backgrounds as possible. The aim is to achieve both a strong and a diverse membership. Secretary of State appointees are expected to represent the national interest and, although there is no specific requirement to be resident in England, preference will be given wherever possible to those candidates who combine the qualities sought with local association to the Park to which they seek appointment.