HC Deb 13 March 1972 vol 833 c12
14. Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what further policies he has in mind for rural Wales.

Mr. Peter Thomas

The Government's policies are already designed to bring about continuing progress in the rural areas of Wales.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Secretary of State recall that when the Government decided to dismantle rural development boards about 20 months ago a firm undertaking was given that a new policy for the rural areas would be substituted? Will he be good enough to tell the House when the new policy will be announced?

Mr. Thomas

As I mentioned to the right hon. Gentleman's hon. Friend, I announced in the Welsh Grand Committee the Government's policy for mid-Wales. As to rural Wales, Government policies relating to agriculture, tourism, roads, water, mineral exploration, and so on, have all had positive effects on those areas.