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Coastal Areas

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1837-8W, on coastal areas, what matters his Department has placed on the agenda of the cross-departmental working group on seaside towns; and if he will make a statement; (244406)

(2) what involvement his Department has had with the Coastal Town Network; at what level his Department is represented; and what issues his Department has raised at the Network.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families is part of the cross-Government working group on coastal towns and has agreed to send appropriate representatives to its meetings where relevant matters arise. While the Department has not yet placed any issues on its agenda, we are committed to supporting its work to address the challenges faced by coastal towns, including in particular the need to improve educational achievement.