HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 c250W
Mr. Gordon Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing at 1985 prices Government expenditure on the Scottish Development Agency in each year since the agency was established and his estimate for each year until 1988.

Mr. Allan Stewart

Net public expenditure on the agency for the financial years 1976–77 to 1984–85, together with the estimated outturn for 1985–86 and the planned level for 1986–87, all at 1984–85 prices are shown below. Expenditure in 1975–76 has been omitted as the agency was in being for only a small part of that year. The public expenditure plans for the years after 1986–87 are not disaggregated to the level of specific provision for the agency.

1984–85 prices
£ million
1976–77 35.4
1977–78 78.4
1978–79 93.4
1979–80 98.2
1980–81 100.9
1981–82 88.6
1982–83 110.0
1983–84 92.3
1984–85 76.6
1985–86 90.9
1986–87 86.7

The fact that these figures are net of expenditure financed from receipts is part of the explanation for the variations between years. In 1984–85, for example, receipts were very much higher than forecast and the agency did not need to draw down its grant-in-aid in full.

Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines under which the Scottish Development Agency presently operates.

Mr. Rifkind

The agency has guidelines relating to site development and factory building and industrial investment. Copies were placed in the Library of the House when they were issued in 1980.