Approval of the report will enable the assembly to reimburse local authorities in Wales for expenditure in taking care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the last financial year.
'If an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child falls into that definition, authorities have the same duties to provide services for that child, including accommodation, as for any other child in their area who is in need.
'Up to the end of December 1999 payment for accommodation and day to day living expenses for all asylum-seekers was met by special grant arrangements operated by the assembly and the department of health. From 1 January 2000 the home office took responsibility under the new dispersal scheme for accommodation and living expenses of adult asylum-seekers and their families in England and Wales.
'These dispersal arrangements do not apply to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. They are the responsibility of local authorities under their Children Act duties and the assembly therefore retains responsibility for reimbursing them through the grant report being debated today.'