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Local Authority Expenditure

13. Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was public expenditure, including lottery grants, in each of the last five years for (a) Cardiff Bay, (b) Cardiff and (c) all other county borough councils or their predecessors; and what are the figures for each of those areas for (i) 1998-99 and (ii) 1999-2000. [41425]

Mr. Ron Davies: Information on total public expenditure by Local Authority area is not available. Information on total local authority expenditure, lottery funding and grant in aid to the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation for the past five years, is as follows.

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Total local authority expenditure, lottery expenditure and CBDC grant in aid
£ million

1993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-99Lottery Awards since 1993
Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (Grant in Aid)45.262.363.160.547.944.9--
County Councils (pre LGR):
Clwyd26.632.049.7--------
Dyfed17.517.719.8--------
Gwent40.735.539.1--------
Gwynedd14.614.513.8--------
Mid Glamorgan43.655.665.9--------
Powys12.213.613.9--------
South Glamorgan44.543.833.0--------
West Glamorgan21.831.646.2--------
All counties221.4244.1281.4--------
District Councils (pre LGR):
Alyn and Deeside6.511.89.5--------
Colwyn7.66.88.6--------
Delyn11.914.113.4--------
Glyndwr4.43.84.7--------
Rhuddlan15.514.516.3--------
Wrexham Maelor17.218.418.2--------
Carmarthen8.07.410.9--------
Ceredigion8.314.414.5--------
Dinefwr6.95.66.6--------
Llanelli18.328.421.7--------
Preseli Pembrokeshire12.214.315.1--------
South Pembrokeshire10.113.88.8--------
Blaenau Gwent15.618.015.6--------
Islwyn14.613.814.6--------
Monmouth4.24.46.8--------
Newport14.112.113.2--------
Torfaen11.111.69.0--------
Aberconwy8.36.86.9--------
Arfon11.014.413.8--------
Dwyfor8.47.98.1--------
Meirionnydd5.04.46.7--------
Ynys Mon11.311.614.6--------
Cynon Valley17.517.418.4--------
Merthyr Tydfil15.211.611.4--------
Ogwr13.514.316.9--------
Rhondda18.820.117.1--------
Rhymney Valley14.719.522.9--------
Taff Ely11.118.416.0--------
Brecknock5.49.57.0--------
Montgomeryshire7.28.19.4--------
Radnorshire3.42.73.1--------
Cardiff39.333.838.4--------
Vale of Glamorgan11.612.313.5--------
Port Talbot12.813.413.8--------
Lliw Valley6.09.211.3--------
Neath8.813.513.4--------
Swansea29.627.225.9--------
All districts445.3489.0496.2--------
Wales666.7733.1777.5--------
Unitary authorities (post LGR):
Isle of Anglesey------15.816.3--3.0
Gwynedd------30.628.1--1.6
Conwy------21.218.6--2.5
Denbighshire------18.113.5--3.9
Flintshire------42.028.3--84.8
Wrexham------25.516.7--42.3
Powys------33.222.5--6.8
Ceredigion------16.615.2--11.5
Pembrokeshire------23.123.3--4.6
Carmarthenshire------39.036.9--4.4
Swansea------51.536.5--19.0
Neath Port Talbot------37.627.5--1.5
Bridgend------19.414.9--2.2
The Vale of Glamorgan------27.116.2--3.3
Rhondda Cynon Taff------60.550.6--2.9
Merthyr Tydfil------16.112.0--5.6
Caerphilly------40.437.9--9.5
Blaenau Gwent------19.015.1--9.9
Torfaen------20.512.8--7.3
Monmouthshire------11.67.4--7.1
Newport------31.033.2--1.1
Cardiff------55.964.2--7.6
Wales------655.9547.7--242.4

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Class Sizes

14. Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning class sizes in primary schools in Wales. [41426]

Mr. Hain: We have received letters from hon. Members, school governors, headteachers, class teachers, parents and the Welsh Local Government Association--all of them supportive of the policy to reduce infant classes to a maximum of 30 pupils.

Farming

15. Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning farming in Wales since 1 March. [41428]

Mr. Win Griffiths: My right hon. Friend and I have received considerable numbers of representations, both written and oral, in respect of the condition of Welsh agriculture since the start of the crisis and continue to do so.

National Assembly

16. Mr. Donald Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the work of the national assembly advisory group. [41429]

Mr. Ron Davies: The Group is making excellent progress in meeting the remit I have given to it; it published a detailed consultation document on 17 April and is currently seeking views on its proposals. I look forward to receiving its report in the summer.

Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultation he is undertaking concerning the brief for architects for the competition to design the National Assembly building in Cardiff; what studies his Department is undertaking of new parliamentary buildings in other countries; and at what stage he will specify the financial parameters for the construction of the building. [42474]

Mr. Ron Davies: The Design Competition Assessment Panel will see the design brief before it issues.

Information on the broad principles for the Assembly Chamber has already been provided and was informed by reference to Parliament buildings in other countries.

The design brief which will be issued to the short listed Architects will indicate the financial parameters within which to cost the design.

Freight Transport

17. Mr. Rhodri Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his freight transport strategy for Wales. [41430]

Mr. Ron Davies: The Government will publish shortly a UK Transport White Paper setting out our integrated transport policies, including measures to encourage and develop freight transport. At around the same time, I will publish a complementary Transport Policy Statement for Wales which will reflect the particular circumstances and transport needs in Wales.

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We have already taken a significant step forward with the announcement on Monday of a new Eurofreight terminal in South Wales.


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