§ Ms. Richardson
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of his Department's appropriate grant aid budget has been allocated to the training of child care workers over the last five years to date.
§ Mr. Grist
Support for social work training is provided as part of the overall support for social services spending through the rate support grant arrangements. Information294W on the proportion of rate support grant used for such purposes is not held centrally. However in 1988–89 a direct grant of £62,813 is being made available to assist in training professional and other staff who deal with cases of child abuse. As regards 1989–90 I would refer the hon. Lady to the announcement made by my hon. Friend on 23 November 1988, Official Report, columns 6–7.