HC Deb 19 March 1987 vol 112 c601W
19. Mr. Lofthouse

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in how many cases proposals for rural diversification on agricultural land, over which his Department has been consulted, have been refused.

Mr. Jopling

I regret that this information is not available. But it is, of course, Government policy to foster diversification in rural areas.

57. Mr. Soames

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is in a position to announce his detailed plans for aiding rural diversification by giving help and encouragement to farmers to market more of their own produce.

Mr. Jopling

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend the Minister of State gave to my hon. Friend the Member for the New Forest (Mr. McNair-Wilson) on 19 February. I propose to issue a consultation document in the next few weeks which will set out in greater detail our proposals for assisting rural diversification.

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