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Departments: Standards

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department’s public service agreement targets (a) take account and (b) do not take account of rural proofing. (159638)

None of the targets underpinning the PSAs that my Department agreed in the 2007 comprehensive spending review themselves make explicit reference to rural areas. That is because the PSAs are about improving outcomes for all children and young people. However, in designing and developing policies to deliver the PSAs, particularly in the context of the forthcoming Children’s Plan, the Department will take into account all factors which prevent children and young people from achieving those outcomes, including rural issues (in accordance with guidance provided by the Commission for Rural Communities and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)).