HC Deb 25 October 1979 vol 972 c243W
Q19. Mr. Rippon

asked the Prime Minister whether she will designate a Minister with overall responsibility for rural affairs.

The Prime Minister

No. I set out the Government's policy towards rural areas in the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Eye (Mr. Gummer) on 26th July, and the Secretary of State for the Environment has special regard to this in the course of his responsibility for regional policy.