§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what role he plans for housing associations in Wales to meet the specific and special housing needs of women in356W Wales; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Tai Cytnru's plans for meeting these needs in its strategic programmes; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
It is for local authorities to assess and specify the varying needs within their areas in the annual housing strategy and operational plans. With effect from 1997–98, the developments funded out of Tai Cymru's capital programme have been determined by reference to each local authority's plan rather than by formula (Housing Needs Index) as in past years. Moneys from Tai Cymru also support the running costs of women's refuges.