§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make an estimate of the total annual cost to local authorities in England and Wales of providing pitches or sites for Irish tinkers and gipsies residing in or resorting to the local authority areas concerned.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
Approved expenditure on providing gipsy accommodation is eligible for 100 per cent. grant from central Government. In England in 1981–82 this is estimated to be £3.4 million. The information relating to Wales should be sought from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.