§ Mr. Donald Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount paid out in each of the last five years for grants and loans for village halls under the Physical Training and Recreation Act 1937.
§ Mr. McElhone
Since 1st September 1971 all the new offers of capital grant which my Department has made to local voluntary youth and community organisations for social and recreational facilities have been made under the Further Education (Scotland) Regulations 1959. The Department has paid the following capital grants to such organisations to provide or improve village halls and community centres:
£ 1971–72 46,923 1972–73 62,801 1973–74 67,881 1974–75 149,046 1975–76 233,854
My right hon. Friend has no power to make loans under either the 1959 regulations or the 1937 Act. The amount of 909W the grants paid by local authorities is not centrally available.