HC Deb 21 July 1998 vol 316 c481W
19. Mr. Browne

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans the Government have for the regeneration of rural town centres. [49934]

Mr. Macdonald

Regeneration of rural town centres is a matter for local authorities and for the enterprise agencies. The Government provide a framework through National Planning Policy Guidelines, which aim to ensure that planning decisions support rural town centres and encourage good practice through projects like the Small Towns Initiative.