HL Deb 11 December 1997 vol 584 cc49-50WA
Lord Dormand of Easington

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proposals they have for the future of the Rural Development Commission.

Baroness Hayman

May I refer my noble friend to the Statement about the English regions which I read to the House on 3 December 1997 (Official Report col. 1391), and to the answer I gave to the subsequent question from the noble Lord, Lord Shuttleworth (Official Report col. 1405). We are considering the future of the Rural Development Commission as part of the comprehensive spending review. We expect to reach conclusions in the New Year.