§ Mr. Gray
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget is for 2002–03 of the vital villages initiative; and what the future projections for this figure are. 
§ Alun Michael
The budget for vital villages for 2002–03 is £10.41 million, which is split as follows:
Parish plans: £1.35 million
Community service grants: £4.82 million
Parish transport grants: £4.24 million
Future projections will emerge from the current corporate planning process following the outcome of the 2002 Spending Review.