HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 cc49-50W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total extra cost to his Department of its contributions to the International Year of Disabled People.

Mr. Allan Stewart

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastleigh (Sir D. Price) on 25 January.—[Vol. 16, c.238–9] A great deal of official time has been spent in contributions to IYDP in organisational, legislative and publicity activity; its cost now and ultimateley cannot readily be measured. Some of the Scottish Office contributions referred to in that reply can, however, be measured in monetary terms. Specific grants included £25,875 to cover the operating costs of the Scottish Committee on IYDP, £7,875 for the Scottish Committee on Access, £6,500 towards the Building Awards Scheme, and £25,000 for publicity. In other areas such as urban aid there was an emphasis within existing levels in supporting projects related to the disabled; and a resource allocation of £3.8 million, which will attract grant in future years, was made to the Housing Corporation in Scotland for special needs projects with specific reference to the mentally and physically handicapped.

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