§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish details of Government or public funding proposed in connection with the closure of Taff Merthyr colliery; how much money was pledged in October 1992; how much has been paid; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Redwood
In October 1992 the then Secretary of State for Wales announced that up to £43 million would be made available to assist all areas in Wales affected by the colliery closures. Subsequently £18.09 million was allocated for coal closure mitigation action in the Taff Merthyr area and of this £16.36 million has been spent. This figure excludes training allowances which cannot be separately identified and £1.73 million of European regional development funding.