§ Mr. Sweeney
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he will pay the first instalment of the special grants to new principal councils in Wales. 
§ Mr. Redwood
My Department will make these payments on or as soon as reasonably practicable after 4 May 1995, in accordance with the provisions of the Special Grant Report (Wales) 1995, approved by the House on 8 February 1995.
Parliamentary approval of this new expenditure is being sought in the 1995–96 main supply estimate for the local government, Wales vote, class XV vote 6. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure of £5.85 million on the first instalments of grant to the new principal councils will be met by a repayable advance form the Contingencies Fund.