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COUNTRYSIDE BILL FACES OPPOSITION IN LORDS

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Hansard 26 June: Column 629-756 ...
Hansard 26 June: Column 629-756

The Bill introducing the right-to-roam and increasing protection for sites of special scientific interest was, according to convention, given an unopposed second reading. But it will face considerable opposition during committee stage.

Conservative frontbencher Baroness Byford said despite some improvements made in the commons, the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill was 'still an unworkable muddle and we have much to do'. The measure - really three Bills in one, she said - not only took away from farmers' already dwindling incomes, but also demanded more of their time.

'We would much prefer to have seen an expansion of the voluntary agreement system rather than this overburdensome, heavy-handed and impracticable Bill', added Baroness Byford.
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