asked the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his answer on 22 April, Official Report, column 605, about deprivation in the Rhymney Valley, how many reports were sent to the Rhymney Valley council; to whom and under what terms; when he received the report; what action he took upon the report; and whether he will now send a copy to the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
One copy of the area improvement renewal policy report was sent to the director of environmental services of Rhymney Valley district council. As the report had not been commissioned for publication, the copy was sent to him on a personal basis; but the Department accepted that he would take account of its contents in advising his council. The report was received in April 1984 and it has been taken into account in formulating the Welsh Office input to the inter-departmental review of private sector improvement policy, resulting in a Green Paper which will be issued this month. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply my right hon. Friend gave him on 29 April 1985, in columns 16–17.