House of Commons Written Answers 28 October 2010

Rural Development Programmes

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body will determine applications for funding for rural development programmes between 2010 and 2013; and if she will make a statement. [19660]

Mr Paice: The bodies which currently manage delivery of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) will continue to do so for the remainder of the programme period, until the end of 2013, with the exception of the regional development agencies (RDAs), which will be abolished by March 2012.

The Government are working to ensure a smooth transition to new delivery arrangements for the socio-economic elements of RDPE. We expect to be able to provide details shortly.