§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hotels in Northern Ireland have received financial assistance in each of the last four years; what is the total amount involved; and what amount of grant is under consideration for future years.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
The following table summarises grants towards the construction, modernisation or improvement of hotels in Northern Ireland in the last four years:
Number of Hotels Grant Paid £ 1969 34 206,000 1970 45 561,000 1971 59 939,000 1972 50 603,000
Since in most cases payments are made in instalments there is some duplication in the number of hotels listed; the total number for the period was 104.
The amount of future grants cannot be estimated very far ahead. The estimated amount which will be required during 1973–74 for grants towards the construction, modernisation or improvement of hotels, guest houses and boarding houses is £900,000, most of which will be for hotels.