§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what resources will be available for the next financial year as grants for crofters; what percentage change this represents on the previous year; and what the figure was for 1983.
§ Mr. John MacKay
Provision has been made as follows for grants to crofters and others of like economic status in the former crofting counties.
1983–84 1984–85 Percentage change £ £ Crofters etc. building grants and loans scheme* 4,041,000 4,200,000 +4 Crofting counties agricultural grants scheme 2,918,000 4,100,000 +41 Integrated development scheme for the Western Isles (payments to crofters account for most, but not all, of this expenditure) 2,628,000 1,725,000 -34 * This includes provision for loans (at a preferential rate of interest of 7 per cent.) as well as for grants. The proportions of grant and loan paid in any year can vary in response to a number of factors.