HC Deb 11 June 1998 vol 313 cc675-6W
Mr. Edwards

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the distribution to Welsh local authorities of the additional funding for rural transport announced in the Budget.[45948]

Mr. Hain

The Welsh share of the additional funding announced in the Budget is £2.5 million in 1998–99. Of this, £2.25 million is being distributed to local authorities to provide additional funding for socially necessary bus services in rural area, with the remaining £250,000 retained centrally to be used in support of rural community transport initiatives.

A Special Grant Report will shortly be laid before the House setting out the proposed allocation of the £2.25 million to local authorities and the conditions attached to the grant. Following consultation with the Welsh Local Government Association, I intend to distribute the additional resources using a formula which is based on the population of electoral wards where the population density is less than 4 persons per hectare. The provisional allocations are:

Isle of Anglesey 119,523
Gwynedd 197,250
Conwy 76,293
Denbighshire 90,764
Flintshire 107,241
Wrexham 76,471
Powys 221,080
Ceredigion 125,236
Pembrokeshire 145,130
Carmarthenshire 276,750
Swansea 58,017
Neath Port Talbot 117,660
Bridgend 91,448
The Vale of Glamorgan 85,212
Rhondda Cynon Taff 95,587
Merthyr Tydfil 29,686
Caerphilly 75,782
Blaenau Gwent 23,418
Torfaen 52,151
Monmouthshire 109,472
Newport 33,443
Cardiff 42,386

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