§ Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state the number of applications for grant under the provisions of the Coast Protection Act, 1949; the amount of each applica-; 154W tion and the percentage of grant paid in each case.
§ Mr. Maclay
Forty-nine proposals to carry out coast protection work have been submitted, of which 44 have been approved and 5 are under consideration. The estimated cost ranges from £300 to £440,000, the average being £24,000. Grant is payable on 25 of the approved proposals at an average rate of 50 per cent., the actual rate in each case—apart from an exceptional case where grant was allowed at 100 per cent. for a scheme designed to protect a trunk road—varying from 30 per cent. to 80 per cent. according to the burden on local rates and the financial resources of the authority concerned. If the hon. Member wishes to have detailed information about any particular proposals, I should be grateful if he would let me know.