§ Mr. Roy Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the total capital expenditure envisaged on school premises in Wales in 1982–83; and how this figure compares with that for 1981–82.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
For 1982–83 we have specified a total of £279 million for local authority capital expenditure in Wales. In determining this amount we have included a cash provision of £33.1 million in respect of capital expenditure on the education service as a whole.. Although this figure for education represents the level of expenditure that we consider appropriate in the next financial year, individual local authorities have the ability to vary this amount either by switching resources between individual services within their overall capital allocations or by supplementing their allocations by various permissible means. The comparable cash provision for 1981–82 was £30.8 million.