Review has no surprises but no mention of hunting
A renewed pledge to cull badgers, a Great Western rail link to Heathrow and greater devolved powers to the regions all featured in the Mid-Term Review.
Many of the plans outlined for further action in the period to the general election – scheduled for May 2015 – had been previously announced.
They included a "carefully managed and science-led policy of badger control" to curb the spread of tuberculosis in cattle – spread by badgers – that is rife in the Westcountry.
The Review also promises to "establish a western rail link to Heathrow". Rail times between the Westcountry are expected to be slashed by 30 minutes by laying track linking Heathrow to the Great Western line near Slough.
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Another promise is "devolving a greater proportion of growth-related spending to local areas" as recommended in a report by former Westcountry MP and Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine. Authorities and Devon and Cornwall are working up proposals for responsibilities they wish to take over.
A Commons vote to repeal the ban on hunting, which featured in the original Coalition Agreement between the Tories and Lib Dems, did not feature, though ministers last month pledged it was still on the agenda.
The Review also referenced achievements, and listed the £50 annual discount to all South West Water customers and a 5p-per-litre petrol rebate on the Isles of Scilly.
Yeovil Liberal Democrat MP and Minister David Laws said: "We have had a coalition over the last two-and-a half years which has provided stable government for this country, in spite of the fact that no party won a majority in the election in May 2010."