Rural Areas: Private Finance Initiative

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart Conservative, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

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.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

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