§ Mr. Canavan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will increase the amount of grant to An Comunn Gaidhealach, bearing in mind the effects of inflation and the planned developments 178W of that organisation over the next three years, particularly in the fields of education. culture and youth and community service.
§ Mr. William Ross
I have received requests from An Comunn Gaidhealach for a substantial increase in its present grant and also from Sabhal Mor Ostaig for grant towards the cost of the Gaelic College in Skye. There have been discussions between my officials and the bodies concerned and I am now considering their requests in the light of the current economic position. I am also considering a request from An Comunn that I should set up a committee to report on the position of Gaelic in the Gaelic-speaking areas and in Scotland as a whole.