Only when these five rural tests have been passed can it be said that the lessons have indeed been learnt and vital confidence restored into the countryside.

Peter Troy, Chairman of the Darlington Branch of the Federation of Small Business, is writing to MPs in his area, including Tony Blair, Alan Millburn and Nick Brown, asking for the Government to implement five rural economic tests.

The five rural economic tests should be:

Peter Troy is quite clear in his message, only when these five rural tests have been passed can it be said that the lessons have indeed been learnt and vital confidence restored into the countryside.