§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what resources will be made available to Housing for Wales to support development in the financial year 1992–93.
§ Mr. David Hunt
In gross terms the resources available to Housing for Wales will amount to over £123.4 million. Taking account of associated private sector funding, the overall programme will be worth over £174 million next year. Of this, I expect that over £45 million will be devoted to housing in rural areas. Compared to provision over the three years up to and including 1991–92, plans for the next three provide an uplift of over 38 per cent. in cash terms. This means that excluding the likely additional benefit of in-year transfers from local authorities, Housing for Wales' basic annual production target can be raised by over 16 per cent. from 3,000 to 3,500 units. As regards current expenditure, I shall be making available £6 million in 1992–93 to cover the costs of the special needs management allowance scheme which is of particular importance in supporting the housing component of our strategies for the vulnerable groups in Wales. This amounts to a 25 per cent. increase over provision for 1991–92.