HC Deb 28 April 1972 vol 835 c371W
Mr. Roger White

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made with the Community Development Project; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maudling

Six local projects have been started and arrangements for setting up a further six have been agreed with the local authorities concerned. The project as a whole continues to have my full support and those who are engaged on the work locally can look to the Home Office for any help, servicing, or guidance.

Within the general framework which has already been established I am arranging for more devolution of responsibility from the centre in order to encourage local initiative. Professor Greve and his research team, acting as consultants, will assess the results of the projects and their implications for central and local government policies.