§ Mr. Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will publish a table showing the annual actual expenditure on township roads within the seven crofting counties, county by county, in each year since the war, and the extent to which this expenditure has varied in real terms, taking 1945 as the base year.
§ Mr. Ross
The annual Exchequer payments made for the improvement of township roads in each crofting county from 1946 onwards are set out below. Figures for the associated county council expenditure are not available and cannot be calculated readily because of variations in the rates of grant; but it is estimated that the Exchequer payments averaged approximately 70 per cent. of the gross expenditure during the period. There is no index for comparing township road constructional costs from year to year.