§ 12. Mr. Anderson
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest in Wales have been awarded grants towards the cost of repairs under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953; what is the total value of the grants; how many buildings were awarded grants in 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69 and 1969–70; and what were the total amounts of such grants.
§ Mr. George Thomas
95 Buildings have been awarded grants amounting to £590,065 under the 1953 Act. The numbers of buildings awarded grants in 1966–67, 1967–68 and 1968–69 were 18, 11 and 22, respectively, and the amounts £38,563, £17,527 and £64,570. In the current financial year 15 buildings have so far been awarded grants to the value of £27,524.
§ Mr. Anderson
This is a substantial and welcome increase. In assessing the claims for grants, to what extent are the benefits of tourism taken into account?
§ Mr. Thomas
We have very wide considerations in reaching these decisions. Those referred to by my hon. Friend are taken into account.