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Villages (Community Co-Operatives)

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will request the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas to consider the promotion of community co-operatives in villages so that these may be responsible for the maintenance of essential services such as petrol stations, sub-post offices, public houses and a bus service and, if necessary, to liaise with the Co-operative Development Agency to achieve this end.

No. My right hon. Friend is currently reviewing the functions and operations of both the Development Commission and COSIRA.

No separate proposals have been put to me for investment in catering rolling stock.