HC Deb 06 February 1963 vol 671 cc60-1W
48. Mr. Small

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what protests he has received, and from what authorities, about the inadequacy of the financial aid available to those authorities invited to undertake additional public work under Circular 33/1962.

54. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what further financial assistance he will give to local authorities who are prepared to undertake necessary and urgent public works including the infilling of disused canals.

Mr. Leburn

Four local authorities (Glasgow Corporation, Ayr County Council, Stevenston Town Council and Kilmarnock District Council) have asked whether additional financial assistance will be given towards the cost of work done in response to the circular. It has been explained that the circular invites local authorities to go ahead with works they themselves are anxious to undertake, where these can be put in hand now for early completion, and that grants will be payable in accordance with established arrangements for particular services.

50. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what response he has had from the Scottish local authorities whom he invited in Circular 33/1962 to consider undertaking additional public work.

Mr. Leburn

The amount of work to be done in response to the circular depends on the decision of the local authorities concerned. It is too early to assess the outcome since authorities have until the end of March to start projects. Thereafter I will ask the authorities concerned for a progress report.