§ Mr. Edwards
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to announce details of the additional funding for rural transport announced in the Budget. 580W
§ Mr. Hain
I have arranged for the Special Grant Report (No. 3) (Wales) 1998 to be laid before the House today. The report which is subject to affirmative resolution, confirms the allocation of the £2.25 million to local authorities which I announced on 11 June, and sets out the conditions attached to the grant. Guidance on the use of the grant is being distributed to local authorities today.
This new grant represents a major boost to the provision of bus services in rural areas, and is an important step in the development of the Government's integrated transport policy.