Mr. Menzies Cambell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the total cost to his Department of noise insulation and double glazing grants so far provided306W because of the arrival of the conversion squadron at RAF Leuchars earlier in the current year; and how many such payments have been made.
§ Mr. Freeman
It is not possible to provide the information in the form requested. However, the extension to the noise insulation grant scheme, which was introduced in March this year, took account of the predicted increase in aircraft activity that would result from the arrival of the Phantom operational conversion unit at RAF Leuchars. To date, some £45,000 has been paid in grants under the extended scheme and a total of 30 payments made. Grant applications have so far been received from more than half of the estimated 620 homes within the area of the new scheme.