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Public Footpaths and Bridleways

Lord Blaker asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: This information is not collected by my department. The County Surveyors' Society has supplied the information in Table 1 for England, and the Countryside Council for Wales has provided the information in Table 2 for Wales.

Table 1

CouncilFootpaths (km)Bridleways (km)
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council555150
Birmingham City Council5005
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council3272
Bradford Metropolitan District Council834105
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council28019
Calderdale MBC1,200218
City of Sunderland13126
Newcastle City Council7117
Coventry City Council1020
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council35894
Dudley MBC28010
Gateshead MB Council17332
Kirklees MC94483
Knowsley Metropolitan Brough Council707
Leeds City Council942153
Liverpool City Council4010
Manchester City Council720
North Tyneside Council9724
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council37531
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council42177
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council40050
Salford City Council1193
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council723
Sheffield City Council63276
Solihull MBC20011
South Tyneside MB Council7410
St Helens MBC2203
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council20535
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council815110
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council951
Wakefield MDC38979
Walsall MB872
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council43035
Wolverhampton MBC576
Bedfordshire County Council1,543565
Cambridgeshire County Council2,202516
Lincolnshire County Council3,040782
Luton Borough Council86
Norfolk County Council2,628499
North Lincolnshire Council41083
North East Lincolnshire Council15075
Peterborough City Council16589
Suffolk County Council4,482558
Derby City Council523
Derbyshire County Council4,800456
Herefordshire Council2,942394
Leicester City Council7618
Leicestershire County Council2,429504
Northamptonshire County Council2,148810
Nottingham City Council28
Nottinghamshire County Council2,368815
Rutland County Council191124
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council2545
Shropshire County Council4,250770
Staffordshire County Council3,620355
Stoke City Counciln/kn/k
Telford and Wrekin Council30065
Warwickshire County Council2,318482
Worcestershire County Council4,210421
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council4662
Blackpool Borough Council193
Cheshire County Council2,807132
City of York Council16535
Cumbria County5,4511,883
Darlington Borough Council22465
Durham County Council2,795501
East Riding of Yorkshire Council950350
Halton Borough Council771
Hartlepool Borough Council835
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council390
Lancashire County Council5,568383
Middlesbrough Borough Council352
North Yorkshire County Council8,7492,787
Northumberland County Council3,1331,295
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council22153
Stockton Borough Council15633
Warrington Borough Counciln/kn/k
Wirral Borough Council9517
Bracknell Forest Borough Council455
Brighton and Hove Council2577
Buckinghamshire County Council2,720587
East Sussex County Council2,451713
Essex County Council6,505800
Hampshire County Council3,342681
Hertfordshire County Council2,228577
Isle of Wight Council514266
Kent County Council5,744663
Milton Keynes Council345191
Oxfordshire County Council2,553970
Portsmouth City Counciln/kn/k
Reading Borough Council171
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead21930
Slough Borough Council193
Southampton City Council163
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council902
Surrey County Council2,1121,014
The Medway Towns Council21815
Thurrock Council151
West Sussex County Council2,8161,006
West Berkshire Council676200
Wokingham District Council14321
Bath & North East Somerset Council73836
Bournemouth Borough Council321
Bristol City Council1255
Cornwall County Council3,533527
Devon County Council4,2001,250
Dorset County Council2,7901,730
Gloucestershire County Council4,503703
North Somerset Council65665
Borough of Poole356
Plymouth City Council90
Somerset City Council4,760910
South Gloucestershire Council1,118112
Swindon Borough Council12959
Torbay Borough Council1803
Wiltshire County Council3,5601,573
Dartmoor National Park331316
Exmoor National Park438464
Broads National Park27832
Lake District National Park2,896673
Northumberland National Park529368
North York Moors National Park1,506752
Peak District National Park2,124258
Yorkshire Dales National Park1,483634
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham170
London Borough of Barnet231
Bexley Council433
London Borough of Brent161
London Borough of Bromley16914
London Borough of Croydon10717
London Borough of Ealing651
London Borough of Enfield375
London Borough of Haringey160
London Borough of Harrow214
London Borough of Havering977
London Borough of Hillingdon814
London Borough of Hounslow202
Royal Borough of Kingston247
London Borough of Merton4310
London Borough of Newham193
London Borough of Redbridge161
London Borough of Richmond-upon- Thames1002
London Borough of Sutton174
London Borough of Waltham Forest120
Corporation of London80
Camden20
Greenwich161
Hackneyn/kn/k
Islington00
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea60
Lambeth140
Lewisham60
Southwark20
Tower Hamletsn/kn/k
Wandsworth190
Westminster Cityn/kn/k

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Table 2

CouncilFootpaths (km)Bridleways (km)
Blaenau Gwent193.465.173
Ynys Mon1,056.53
Gwynedd3,317.7300.88
Wrexham78360
Newport2667
Swansea506113
Torfaen2927
Conwyn/kn/k
Neath and Port Talbot529123
Brecon Beacons NP1,500220
Carmarthenshire3,100120
Bridgend494.7879.66
Pembrokeshire1,287.2209.17
Powys6,3912,770
Snowdonia NP2,316186
Ceredigion NP1,634468
Cardiff165.2255.536
Caerphilly818.4135
Pembrokeshire Coast NP823121
Flintshire935106
Denbighshire1,110185
Vale of Glamorgan498.227.17
Rhondda Cynon Taff652.53488.172
Merthyr Tydfil50.14129.176
Monmouthshire1,434.666.7

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Guide Dogs Carried in Taxis: Regulations

Lord Campbell of Croy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, applying to the carriage of guide dogs for blind people in taxis, have yet been put into effect: and to what extent minicabs are included under those provisions.[HL2552]

Lord Whitty: The package of regulations relating to those provisions is being finalised now. We are taking the opportunity to extend these duties, as provided for by the legislation, by specifying other assistance dogs used by disabled people in addition to guide and hearing dogs which are included on the face of the Disability Discrimination Act. This addition has delayed final production of the package, but we aim to consult on it within a matter of weeks with the aim of bringing in the duty at the end of this year. Private hire vehicles--or minicabs as they are known--are not covered by the Act. We therefore have no powers to extend these duties to the drivers of those vehicles.

Right of Access to Countryside: Assessment of Litter Problem

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What consideration has been given to the dumping of litter or waste upon private land in connection with the proposed extension of access; what action (a) the owner or occupier of open land and (b) police forces will be able to take to prevent or respond to the problem.[HL2546]

Lord Whitty: The right of access to open countryside provided for in the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill is limited to those who enter onto land on foot for the purposes of open-air recreation. The Bill provides that those who exercise the right of access must abide by sensible restrictions, including a requirement not to deposit any rubbish or leave any litter. Leaving litter on access land will also be an offence. The Bill does not give people any right to enter onto land for the purpose of dumping litter or waste, nor does it oblige landowners to facilitate access for

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that purpose. We do not expect that the Bill will generally lead to a significant increase in littering on open country. Access authorities will be able to provide assistance with wardening where problems may occur.

Prison Service Projects

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the initiatives on which the Prison Service spent money without contractual backing in 1999-2000, giving in each case the name of the initiative and the money spent.[HL2468]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The Prison Service does not have any information available centrally about initiatives operating without contractual backing.

A new Prison Service instruction is to be issued shortly which documents overall strategies,

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procurement best practice, mandatory instructions and carries with it a revised system of contractual delegations. A copy will be sent to the noble Lord and copies placed in the Library when it is published.

I understand that the noble Lord is primarily interested in expenditure on the KAIROS/APAC projects which were operating in three prisons; the Verne, Swaleside and Highpoint under partnership agreements until June 1999.

Money spent on these projects during the financial year 1999-2000 amounted to a total of £41,075. The amounts spent by each establishment in that financial year and, in total, are given in the table.

Payments made by the Prison Service to KAIROS/APAC Trust

EstablishmentPayments Made 1999-2000Total Payments Made
Brixton£17,587£37,126
Highpoint£4,738£38,427
Swaleside£8,250£16,344
The Verne£10,500£18,500
Totals£41,075£110,397



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