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Rural Jobs

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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Q12.

asked the Prime Minister whether she will make a statement of the Government's policy towards rural jobs.

I am aware of the particular problems of rural areas, including their employment problems. The Government's policy is to provide a climate to stimulate the growth of real employment opportunities in rural and other areas. In particular, in rural areas our policy is to encourage traditional industries, notably agriculture, food processing and small businesses.