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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th September 2014.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) on what basis parts of the (a) body and (b) conclusions of the Rural Community Policy Unit report on Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, published in March 2014, were redacted;

(2) which Minister determined the redactions to the Rural Community Policy Unit report on Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, published in March 2014;

(3) what proportion of the Rural Community Policy Unit report on Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, published in March 2014, was redacted;

(4) if she will place in the Library an unredacted copy of the Rural Community Policy Unit report on Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, published in March 2014.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The draft Rural Economy Impacts paper was an internal document that is not analytically robust. It has not been published and we have no plans to do so. The full list of references on which it was based has been released under Environmental Information Regulations. Redactions were made to the draft paper based on exceptions under the Environmental Information Regulations; Ministers were not involved in this process.

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