HC Deb 28 June 1971 vol 820 cc17-8
12. Mr. Alec Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received from local authorities in Wales concerning the definition of large projects as it applies in Circular 116/70; and what replies he has sent.

Mr. Peter Thomas

Representations were received from one county area to the effect that the definition of a large project operated inequitably for the smaller local authorities. In reply, my Department explained that the definition had been agreed with the local authority associations.

Mr. Jones

Would the Secretary of State not agree that the present definition of "large projects" means that borough councils in Glamorgan cannot receive loan sanction for projects unless they envisage expenditure in one year of sums in the range of £1 million? This has the effect that many local authorities in South Wales, particularly in my constituency in Rhondda, will be unable next year to proceed with any further capital projects without a massive rate increase or by completely abandoning other essential programmes?

Mr. Peter Thomas

As I said in the Welsh Grand Committee, the joint working party has been reconvened to reconsider how the new scheme can be improved for 1972–73. Therefore, I suggest that the hon. Gentleman suggests to his council that it should take the matter up with the local authority associations which will be represented on that committee.