House of Commons Written Answers 25 October 2010


Rural Communities: Comprehensive Spending Review

Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the nature of rural communities is reflected in the outcome of the comprehensive spending review. [18937]

Richard Benyon: It is the responsibility of every Government Department to ensure that the needs and interests of rural people, businesses and communities are addressed fairly in the Spending Review. DEFRA has supported this by providing each Department with guidance to assist them in carrying out analysis of whether rural and urban communities will be affected in different ways by spending decisions, and by providing Her Majesty's Treasury with advice to help it identify potential adverse rural impacts of these decisions. DEFRA officials will continue to assist Departments in understanding the likely rural impacts as the Spending Review is implemented.