§ Mr. Caton
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how his Department has performed against last year's targets for reducing empty government residential property; and what new targets have been set for 1997–98. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
I am pleased to announce that my Department was successful in meeting the target set for disposal of empty government homes in 1996–97.254W
We are continuing to set challenging targets for disposal or bringing back into use those properties which become empty and hope to be able to maintain our success over the coming year.
Details of achievements against targets for 1996–97 and new targets for 1997–98 are set out as follows:
Empty Government residential property Welsh Office achievements 1996–97 Total stock 1 April 1996 Empty stock 1 April 1996 1996–97 target for disposal or bringing back into use Achievement against target 1243 50 39 39 1 Includes NHS.
Welsh Office targets 1997–98 Total stock 1 April 1997 Empty stock 1 April 1997 Target for disposal or bringing back into use 1114 33 33 1 Excludes NHS.