HC Deb 22 June 1995 vol 262 cc418-9W
Mr. Sweeney

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he will announce his plans for the strategic development scheme in 1996–97. [30936]

Mr. Redwood

A circular inviting local authorities to bid for support under the strategic development scheme is being issued today. I am making two important changes to the scheme following detailed consultations with the Council of Welsh Districts and the Assembly of County Councils: local authorities are being given full responsibility for approving and administering smaller schemes—I am setting aside approximately £13 million in 1996–97 for the purpose. I am introducing a new community strategy initiative specifically designed to tackle the most severe social problems in targeted areas. A copy of the circular has been placed in the Libraries of the House.