HC Deb 25 May 1989 vol 153 cc691-2W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many harbour projects in(a) Yorkshire, and (b) Humberside have been carried out in the period from May 1979 to May 1989; where are the locations; how much money was granted to these projects; and what were the sources of the funds.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The Department does not have this information. Harbour developments do not require my right hon. Friend's approval, and except for certain fishery facilities have not been financed since 1979 by Government loans or grants.

However in 1980 a grant of £19,200 was made for one harbour project in Yorkshire from the European regional development fund, and since 1980 grants totalling £6,382,800 have been made from the fund for 20 harbour projects on Humberside.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Figures relating to Prestwick airport appear in the annual reports by the British Airports Authority and its successor, BAA plc; copies are in the Library. For any further material I suggest my hon. Friend contacts BAA plc direct.

Mr. Colvin

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will publish the evidence which led him to conclude that there had been a steady improvement in the financial position of Prestwick airport; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The information supplied, which was drawn from the relevant annual reports of the then British Airports authority and latterly BAA plc, was as follows: