§ 27. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received regarding the problem of coast erosion in the Kirkcaldy constituency; and what action he intends to take to assist the regional council in financing the necessary capital and maintenance expenditure involved in coast protection.
§ Mr. McElhone
The Scottish Development Department is at present corresponding with the regional council about the problem of coastal erosion at Buck-haven, and I understand that, following an approach by my hon. Friend, my noble Friend has agreed to meet him and a delegation from the council in the near future. Exchequer grant will be available to the regional council under the Coast Protection Act 1949 to assist in financing approved capital works. Specific grant is not available towards the maintenance of such works.