§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recent discussions between the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Pudsey (Mr. Shaw), and members of the Carmarthen district council, following the escalation of the original estimated costs, on the financial support given by his Department to the construction of an emergency control centre by that council.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
I met members of Carmarthen district council on 3 March to discuss the construction of an emergency centre at Carmarthen, which has been delayed by a continuing series of demonstrations. I welcomed their determination to fulfil their statutory civil defence duties in the face of very difficult circumstances. Civil defence grant aid at the normal rate of 75 per cent. will be paid on the capital costs of the construction of the centre and on the cost of the security measures that have been necessary to ensure that the work can be completed.