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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 3rd July 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:33 am, 3rd July 2014

I have every sympathy with what the hon. Gentleman says. I am fortunate enough to have, and to live in, a constituency that is predominantly in the countryside, and I very much appreciate what a privilege that is. It is something that is not necessarily available to people in cities and urban areas, and we should give them access to it. I am very engaged with what he describes about the reading of poetry. I will talk to my hon. Friends at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about ways in which his admirable objective can be pursued.