§ Mr. MacCormick
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what sum has to date been spent in the Cowal area, out of funds earmarked for expenditure on infrastructure in areas where oil-related industries are located.
§ Mr. Millan
Since the scheme of special financial assistance began in 1975–76, grants totalling £14.7 million have been allocated to local authorities in Scotland incurring net additional expenditure on oil-related infrastructure. Of this total £441,633 has been allocated to Strathclyde Regional Council and £25,259 to Argyll and Bute District Council. These grant payments cannot be related directly to the Cowal area, but the case for special assistance to the two authorities was mainly based on infrastructure needs arising from oil-related developments there.