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Education: Rural Areas

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many recommendations in the Commissioner for Rural Communities report England's rural area: steps to release their economic potential within his Department's areas of responsibility his Department intends to implement; and if he will provide a timetable for implementation. (217703)

The Department is currently reflecting upon the Rural Advocate's Report on Strengthening England's Rural Economies. DEFRA is the lead Department across Government and I refer the hon. Member to the response given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 7 July 2008, Official Report, columns 1204-05W.