§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he 168W is taking to provide accommodation for the Welsh Assembly.
§ Mr. John Morris
My right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council told the House on 3rd February that the Welsh Office, in consultation with the Property Services Agency, would undertake local consultations in Cardiff with a view to identifying possible sites for the proposed Welsh Assembly. Following that announcement, a survey of such sites in the central area of Cardiff has been carried out. On the basis of that survey, the Government have decided that the Temple of Peace and Health in Cathays Park would be the most suitable location. To avoid any delay, the Property Services Agency has been authorised to begin discussions, without commitment, with the Welsh National Council of the United Nations Association, which has a substantial interest in the building, and with the South Glamorgan Area Health Authority, which occupies a large part of it, with a view to making it available for the Assembly. The agency is also carrying out a detailed study of the building to determine whether and how it can be adapted for the Assembly's use. Parliamentary authority will, of course, be sought for any subsequent expenditure.