§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what has been the total amount of funding from the Welsh 767W Office towards the improvement of village halls in Wales in each of the last five years, including the current financial year; and what is the financial allocation for this purpose for 1995–96.
§ Mr. Richards
Improvements to village halls are funded under the voluntary youth services, village halls and community centres programme, and under the strategic development scheme (prior to 1994–95, the urban programme and the rural initiative).
Expenditure under the voluntary youth services, village halls and community centres programme is as follows:
£ 1990–91 Outturn 528,000 1991–92 Outturn 724,000 1992–93 Outturn 551,000 1993–94 Outturn 399,000 1994–95 Estimated outturn 493,000 1995–96 Plans 472,000
Approvals under the strategic development scheme, and previously the urban programme and the rural initiative, are as follows:
Urbanprogramme£ Rural initiative£ 1990–91 Approvals 225,225 — 1991–92 Approvals 400,500 154,500 1992–93 Approvals 1,518,432 185,000 1993–94 Approvals 1,293,529 343,344
Strategic development scheme £ 1994–95 Approvals to date 2,648,808 1995–96 Planned approvals 1,174,000
Figures are for approved capital projects only for each year. Projects funded include improvements to community centres, welfare halls and village halls.