HC Deb 06 February 1973 vol 850 cc75-6W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table listing the value of the public works programme by Scottish local authorities which he expects to be substantially completed by 31st March.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

Of the £74 million to be spent on additional public works in Scotland the local authority share is £65.3 million. On present forecasts this expenditure will be phased as follows, although the effect of last autumn's building strike on these forecasts cannot yet be accurately assessed.

receive in the year 1973–74; how this compares with previous years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Monro

Subject to parliamentary approval, my right hon. Friend proposes to offer grant-in-aid of £870,000 to the Scottish Sports Council in 1973–74. In addition, he expects to spend about £30,000 on commitments to sports bodies which were undertaken before the Scottish Sports Council was established. The corresponding estimates for 1972–73 are £530,000 and £94,000 respectively.

The Government expenditure on sport in Scotland in each of the previous four years was as follows:—

1968–69 647,436
1969–70 806,667
1970–71 486,659
1971–72 472,293

The figures for 1968–69 and 1969–70 include respectively £324,000 and £426,000 as the Government's grant to Edinburgh Corporation towards the cost of Meadowbank Stadium for the 1970 Commonwealth Games.