§ Mr. Robertson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what assistance has been given to assist in the establishment of playgroups in Scotland.
§ Mr. McElhone
Government grant is paid annually to the Scottish Pre-School Playgroups Association to assist with its development work, and the association 627W has been offered£30,500 for the financial year 1977–77. The association also receives grand towards its training programmes and for capital projects.
Information is not available about assistance given by local authorities to the association or to local playgroups. Local authorities may, however, qualify for Government grant under the urban programme for schemes to promote playgroups in areas of social need.