HC Deb 28 April 1983 vol 41 c371W
Mr. Maxton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he has reduced the funds paid by his Department to the Scottish Development Agency for environmental improvement.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

Each year my right hon. Friend agrees with the agency how much of its total funding should be allocated to its various sub-heads. The reduction in provision for environmental improvement schemes from £23.9 million in 1982–83 to £19.4 million in 1983–84 has contributed to an increase from £2.4 million to £10.6 million in provision for grant funding for area initiatives, the LEG-UP scheme and other projects such as the Scottish Industrial exhibition centre, which contain a large element of environmental improvement work.