757. Purposes and functions of Rural Development Boards.

In areas of hills and uplands where special problems of development and special needs exist, the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers1 are empowered to establish2 Rural Development Boards3. These boards are subject to the directions4 of the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers, and must submit annual reports and accounts5. The special problems and needs include special difficulties in the formation of commercial agricultural units6, the need for an overall programme for guidance in making decisions as to the complementary use of land for agriculture7 and forestry8, the need for improved public services, and the need