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Rural Regeneration

Volume 170: debated on Friday 30 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what work has been undertaken by the inter-departmental committee on rural regeneration which was established by the Department of Agriculture in December 1989; and when the committee's findings will be publicised.

The inter-departmental committee on rural development has been in operation since January 1990. It continues to work to its general remit of

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preparing advice for Ministers on how best to carry forward action to tackle the social and economic problems in the most deprived rural areas.

Discussions have taken place with district councils, the rural action project and the promoters of rural development projects. Following a recommendation from the committee it was agreed to fund the rural action project for a further year to 31 March 1991.

The work of the committee is to provide advice to Ministers on the effective delivery of policies and programmes. Decisions following from the committee's recommendations will be announced.