§ Mr. Dafis
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what support is currently given by his Department to assist village halls with the cost of essential works related to new food, safety and hygiene regulations and the Children Act 1989.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
Village halls can be eligible for financial support from the Welsh Office under a range of grant schemes, including the rural initiative capital grants scheme, the child and family services grant scheme and the voluntary youth services, village halls and community centres programme. Such grants might be used for improvements to meet requirements of food safety and hygiene regulations and the registration conditions of the Children Act 1989.
Percentage of all first homes Lacking exclusive use of basic amenities (3) Unfit (1) Repair costs £3,000 and over (2) All dwellings Where head of house is over pensionable age Aberconwy 1.4 11.7 2.2 0.0 Dinefwr 13.9 17.8 7.5 1.1 Dwyfor 16.9 29.3 7.6 1.8 Preseli 11.9 16.8 3.8 0.4
Source: Welsh House Condition Survey 1986 (1) Unfit dwellings, as defined in Section 604 of the 1985 Housing Act.