§ 25. Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the number of home starts for Wales in 1998–99. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
I estimate that there will be around 9,300 starts in 1998–99. The recently announced spending plans for Tai Cymru will allow 2,300 starts and this will be supplemented by a further 50 housing association starts funded by local authorities under the capital receipts initiative. In the private sector, work is expected to commence on more than 6,900 new homes.