HC Deb 21 December 1989 vol 164 c410W
Mr. Nicholas Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details of the amount of rural conversion grant paid out by his Department each year since its introduction; and if he will make a statement as to the future of the grant.

Mr. Peter Walker

The rural conversion grant scheme is operated by the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and the Development Board of Rural Wales (DBRW) in their respective territories. Since the scheme's inception these bodies have made grant payments shown in the following table:

£ £
1983–84 18,900
1984–85 17,780
1985–86 163,000 39,500
1986–87 230,000 21,655
1987–88 366,000 15,612
1988–89 967,000 86,784