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Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he expects to be able to announce proposals for the involvement of the co-operative movement in his consideration of the concept of a co-operative development agency.

It has been decided to establish a joint working group to develop further the idea of a co-operative development agency. The group will include officials from Government Departments concerned with the various forms of co-operative activity and representatives of the principal co-operative organisations.My right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Industry, will chair the first meeting of the working group later this month.