§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the outstanding housing renovation grants in Wales on the basis of existing commitments made by local authorities at 31 March 1998, or the latest date at which the information is available. 
Mr. Jon Owen Jones
The value of outstanding renovation grants at the end of September 1998 is estimated to be £98 millions: this relates to grants under both the 1989 Local Government and Housing Act and the 1996 Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act.
Following the transfer of functions, this issue will be a matter for the National Assembly.