HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 c142W
32. Mr. McKelvey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken to implement the Helsinki agreements to recognise and protect the cultural heritage of Scottish national minorities.

Mr. Younger

Section 23 of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985 provides that I may make such payments as the Treasury may approve to any body whose activities appear to me to be likely to promote the development or understanding of cultural or scientific matters. In addition, I have for a number of years directly supported a range of voluntary organisations which promote the Gaelic language and culture. For 1985–86 financial provision for support to these organisations was increased by 17 per cent.