Welsh Office Minister David Jones has urged interest groups and members of the public across Wales to have their say on a Welsh Office project which is looking at what the UK Government can do to support rural economies in Wales.
The Welsh Office taskforce has been talking to businesses and local communities in the rural economy over the summer to get their views and suggestions on what the Coalition Government can do to help them grow in these challenging times.
Mr Jones said: “Since launching this project at the Anglesey Show last month, I have been busy meeting a wide range of interest groups and visiting local communities across Wales to hear their thoughts on what we can do to support and encourage growth. I have already held informative meetings with the Farmers Union of Wales, the National Farmers Union and the Federation of Small Businesses. But I am keen to gather as much information as possible and there is still time for people to let us know their suggestions and views and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the rural economy to get in touch by 17 September.
“The rural economy is vitally important to Wales and that is why I have set up this taskforce to look at rural businesses and explore their concerns. Once we have gathered and assessed all the information, I will be feeding it back to colleagues at Westminster. Despite the challenging public finances, it is even more important that the views of rural economies across Wales are represented in the decision making process.”
The project is looking at issues under the Coalition Government’s control and will complement the Welsh Assembly’s work on rural affairs.
To submit views on the rural economy in Wales, please email Wales.Office@walesoffice.gsi.gov.uk or write to: