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Rural Communities - further information

The Committee issued a call for written evidence in July 2012.

Oral evidence

Rural Economy Session 7 November 2012

Witnesses: Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy, British Chambers of Commerce, and Paul Johnson, Chair, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Gillian Elliott, Acting Assistant Director, Economic Development, Cumbria County Council, Helen Wright, Rural Policy and Partnerships Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Councillor Keith House, Deputy Chair, Environment and Housing Board, Local Government Association

Farming and broadband session 28 November 2012

Witnesses: George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers Association (TFA), Harry Cotterell, President, Country Land and Business Association (CLA), and David Collier, Chief Rural Affairs Adviser, National Farmers Union (NFU); John Moore, Chief Executive, NYnet, and Malcolm Corbett, Chief Executive, Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA); Mr Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and Dr Rob Sullivan, Chief Executive, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Department for Culture Media and Sport

Fuel poverty and housing session 12 December 2012

Witnesses: Holly Sims, Corporate Affairs Manager, Calor Gas; John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs, Home Builders Federation, Graham Biggs MBE, Chief Executive, Rural Services Network, Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive, Hastoe Housing Association

Countryside, planning and social issues session 9 January 2013

Witnesses: Neil Sinden, Policy and Campaigns Director, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Paul Hamblin, Director, English National Park Authorities Association, and Tony Gates, Chief Executive, Northumberland National Park Authority; Councillor Roger Begy OBE, Leader of Rutland Council and Chair of Sparse, and Sonia Mangan, Chief Officer, Age UK Lakeland 

Localism and the Big Society session 16 January 2013

Witnesses: Keith Halstead, Chief Executive, Community Transport Association; Sylvia Brown OBE, Chief Executive, ACRE, Mike Perry, Head of Communication, Plunkett Foundation, Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE, Director, Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, Newcastle University 

Defra session 29 January 2013

Witnesses: Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,Sara Eppel, Head, Rural Communities Policy Unit