§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the effect of the 1999–2000 revenue support grant on the provision of educational services in Flintshire. 
§ Mr. Hain
My right hon. Friend in his statement to the House on 11 February 1999,Official Report, columns 483–89, announced that the local government revenue settlement for 1999–2000 provided for an increase in net Total Standard Spending of £144 million, of which £70.2 million is identified for education. Flintshire County Borough Council's share of the £70.2 million is £3.494 million and I expect the authority to increase its education budget by at least this amount with the bulk being included in delegate schools budgets. Overall Central Government support for Flintshire has increased by £6.174 million or 5.67% over 1998–99.