§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting held on Monday 22 December to review the decision to reduce the funding of the Energy Saving Trust from £19 million to £14 million next year. 222W
§ Mr. Meacher
The meeting to which the hon. Member refers was internal to my Department. I shall be making a statement shortly about the Energy Saving Trust's grant support for 1998–99. The previous Government's planned public expenditure total provided for grant support of £13.5 million for the Trust in 1998, compared to £25 million in 1996–97 and £19 million in 1997–98.