National Parks in Britain


    WHILE the National Parks Bill received an unopposed second reading in the House of Commons, the course of the debate indicated that some modification might be expected at the commitee stage. Dr. Hugh Dalton, indeed, on April 1 went so far as to suggest that members who had ideas on the functions of the commission or the planning authority or any other matters that had been discussed might possibly find their ideas accepted, perhaps in modified form, during the committee stage. There may well be a brisk response to this encouraging, if unusual, pronouncement, though it may be a matter of opinion whether the two most important points on which criticism fastened—the composition of the park planning authorities and the powers of the National Parks Commission—are really committee points as Mr. Dalton suggested.

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    National Parks in Britain. Nature 163, 853–855 (1949).

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