HC Deb 15 March 1972 vol 833 cc524-5
18. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications he has now had from local authorities wishing to take advantage of the scheme whereby the Government have allocated £1 million for urban renovation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

A total of 15 applications for grant have been received from local authorities, of which one has already been approved. The total grant represented by these applications is £194,200.

Mr. Dalyell

Does all the money look like being taken up?

Mr. Younger

Since this scheme was first announced only on 7th February, and in view of the fact that we have already made progress, I am certain that local authorities will come forward and take up the full allocation of £1 million.

Mr. Douglas

Are the local authorities working on urban renewal in association with such bodies as the Scottish Civic Trust?

Mr. Younger

The Scottish Civic Trust has many links with local authorities, but this particular scheme involves small environmental improvement work with a particular bent towards improving the attractions for incoming industry. Although the Civic Trust might be consulted on a particular matter, I would not regard this scheme as a matter in which that body would necessarily be involved.