§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with groups representing users 1053W of mechanically propelled vehicles in connection with plans to restrict their use of minor highways and byways; and if she will make statement; 
(2) what representations she has had from groups representing users of mechanically propelled vehicles regarding their use of minor highways and byways; and if she will make a statement; 
(3) if she will make a statement on plans to restrict the use of byways and minor highways by mechanically propelled vehicles.
§ Alun Michael
During the course of last year I met the Trail Riders Fellowship, the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Royal Automobile Club, the Byways and Bridleways Trust Council, and the Auto-Cycle Union last year to discuss the use of mechanically propelled vehicles on rights of way.
The Government have subsequently published a consultation paper setting out its proposals for tackling the problems which can arise. So far 10 groups representing users of mechanically propelled vehicles have responded.
The consultation period ends on 19 March. When I have had an opportunity to consider all the responses, I will invite representative groups to meet me to discuss the issues. We will announce the Government's intentions on the way ahead in due course.