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Rural Poverty And Deprivation

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Prime Minister if she will set up an interdepartmental committee to investigate the incidence and degree of rural poverty and deprivation.

No. The Development Commission in England, the Development Board for Rural Wales and the Highlands and Islands Development Board in Scotland have a statutory duty to keep all matters of economic development and social well-being under review and to advise the Government. In addition, the Welsh and Scottish Development Agencies have a general responsibility for economic development, which includes the rural part of their areas.