HC Deb 11 December 1992 vol 215 c825W
Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how he defines eligible expenditure under the Bellwin scheme; and if he has reviewed his definition in the light of the circumstances surrounding the recent flooding in Wales;

(2) when and how he formally announced that Bellwin assistance would be made available to Welsh local authorities; on what date relevant expenditure became eligible; and when he proposes the closing date for applications for assistance submitted under the present scheme;

(3) if he will allow capital expenditure on repair and replacement work to be eligible for Welsh Office funding under the Bellwin formula;

(4) if he will make a statement on the application of the Bellwin formula in providing assistance to Welsh local authorities following the recent flooding;

(5) on what basis he calculates the threshold level for financial assistance under the Bellwin scheme; and if he will publish a table showing the current threshold levels for local authorities in Wales.

Mr. David Hunt

The Government are applying the Bellwin scheme for emergency financial assistance for local authorities affected by flood and storm damage following the severe weather in Wales last week.

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