§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what provision he made in 1993–94 for flood and storm emergency services financial assistance to local authorities; and what provision he is making for 1994–95.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
Local authorities are expected to make provision for responding to emergencies such as storms and floods when setting their budgets. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State may provide extra financial assistance for large scale emergencies under the Bellwin scheme in accordance with section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. In 1993–94 Bellwin payments of £3.76 million have been made. Provision for 1994–95 is £50,000.