§ 23. Mr. MILLAR
asked the Secretary for Scotland the amounts outstanding due to local authorities in Scotland in respect of schemes approved by the Unemployment Grants Committee; and when it is proposed to make payment of the sums due to these local authorities?
I am informed that in respect of schemes approved by the Unemployment Grants Committee on the basis of a grant of 60 per cent. of the wages bill, a total sum of, approximately, £1,000 may ultimately be payable on claims which have been submitted. In respect of approved schemes on the basis of a grant towards loan charges, only a few claims, representing a small amount, are undisposed of. In both cases payment will be made when a final settlement of the amounts has been made with the local authorities. In a considerable number of cases, claims have not yet been submitted by the local authorities.
§ Mr. MILLAR
Can the right hon. Gentleman say when payment will be made in the cases of the local authorities who have submitted their claims?
§ Mr. WESTWOOD
May I ask if, included in these few, there happens to be the scheme of the Kirkcaldy Corporation, in which a sum of £80,000 is involved, and if the negotiations are not being carried on by the Member for the burgh with the Unemployment Grants Committee and are due to have a satisfactory settlement?
My information, in regard to the question put by the hon. and learned Member for East Fife (Mr. Millar), is that very little is outstanding regarding the cases put by him. With regard to the question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Peebles (Mr. Westwood), that is a matter which is being discussed with another Department, and I would rather not enter into a discussion of it.