30. Mr. Alan W. Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the block grant settlement for expenditure by the Welsh Office in 1996–97; and what percentage change this represents on planned expenditure in 1995–96. 
§ Mr. Hague
In 1996–97 the provision for the Welsh Office will be £6,865 million, including the proceeds of the sale of the Housing for Wales loan portfolio. This represents a 1.4 per cent. increase over the original planned expenditure for 1995–96 and 2.2 per cent. higher than the forecast outturn.