Rural Areas: Private Finance Initiative
Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications to become a pilot Rural Growth Network her Department has received from (a) local authorities and (b) local enterprise partnerships.
Richard Benyon (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Natural Environment and Fisheries), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Newbury, Conservative)
We have received 29 applications to operate pilot Rural Growth Networks. In each case, the proposal was developed by a local partnership involving one or more local authority and/or one or more local enterprise partnership. In some cases, several local authorities (county and district councils) played a part in the development of a bid.
Given the varied nature of the partnerships involved, it is not possible or meaningful to separate the total into the two categories requested.