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Rural Areas

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of which of his Department's public service agreements rural proofing of departmental policies is stipulated. (230743)

Rural proofing of departmental policies is not stipulated in either of the Department's public service agreements—PSA 8: maximise employment opportunity for all, or PSA 17: tackle poverty and promote greater independence and well-being in later life.

The policies that support these Government outcomes are, however, rural proofed as part of the ongoing policy development and maintenance processes.