§ 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:
WDA DBRW £ £ 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