§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the figures for local housing authorities in Wales in 1979–80 and 1980–81, respectively, for expenditure on rehabilitation and modernisation of housing.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
In the first nine months of 1979–80 for which figures are available local authorities spent about £20.2 million on the rehabilitation and improvement of their own housing and on grants for the rehabilitation and improvement of private housing. In 1980–81 authorities will be free to spend their housing allocations according to their620W
make available an additional £48 million for industrial development in the areas affected by the forthcoming reduction in employment at the Port Talbot and Llan-wern steelworks. The programme will include the development and servicing of industrial sites and an initial phase of advance factory building totalling over 1 million square feet. Detailed plans are being worked out urgently.