HC Deb 03 March 1977 vol 927 cc308-9W
Mr. Sydney Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make a statement on the proposed Cooperative Development Agency.

Mr. Cryer

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Woolwich, East (Mr. Cartwright) yesterday, it has been decided to establish a joint working group to develop further the idea of a Co-operative Development Agency. The group will include officials from Government Departments concerned with the various forms of co-operative activity and representatives of the principal co-operative organisations. My right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Industry, will chair the first meeting of the working group later this month.