Culture minister Ed Vaizey told MPs that people both “rely on and respect” the local media.
Mr Vaizey, left, was responding to a writtne parliamentary question about the government’s plans for the industry from Democratic Unionist Party MP Gregory Campbell.
He said: “As the Secretary of State has stated previously, local papers are the bread and butter of journalism – they are part of the communities they serve, and people rely on and respect them.
“In our manifesto, we committed to consulting on the introduction of a business rates relief for local newspapers in England, which we have now done, and are considering next steps.”
Last week a cross-party group of MPs led by Labour’s Helen Goodman tabled a motion urging government intervention to stop the “destruction” of local newspapers.
The government previously voiced its commitment to supporting the local newspaper industry both in the 2015 Budget and in the Conservative Party manifesto.
The budget stated that: “Local newspapers are an important source of information for local communities and a vital part of a healthy democracy.”