§ 24. Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on the funding of local government for the next financial year.
§ Mr. Redwood
On 13 July I chaired a meeting of the Welsh Consultative Council on Local Government Finance at which I discussed, with representatives of the local authority associations, their assessment of local government's need to spend in 1994–95. I will take account of that assessment in my settlement decisions. However, the settlement will also need to reflect the need to restrain public expenditure to an affordable level.