Asked by Lord Greaves
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the proposed pilots for direct elections to national park authorities; and when they expect the first such election to take place. [HL4200]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord De Mauley): The Government have consulted on proposals to introduce legislation to enable direct elections to national park authorities and on carrying out pilots in the New Forest and Peak District National Parks. Ministers will shortly make a statement on the outcomes of the consultation and on the way forward.