HC Deb 16 April 1991 vol 189 cc160-1W
Mr. Bill Walker

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement concerning the amount of grant aid being made available under the special grants (environmental) programme in 1991–92 to voluntary bodies in Scotland working in the environmental field.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

I am pleased to announce that the grant aid totalling £239,250 has been offered to the following voluntary bodies in the financial year 1991–92, to assist them in carrying out environmental conservation, improvement or educational work in Scotland:

APRS 2,250
Buchan Countryside Group 2,250
Centre for Human Ecology 5,000
Council for Scottish Archaeology 13,000
Community Service Volunteers 7,000
Environment Centre 5,250
Friends of the Earth (Scotland) 13,800
Highland Forum 9,000
John Muir Trust 4,500
Locus 1,750
National Society for Clean Air 3,860
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland 3,500
Rural Forum 15,000
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds 10,000
Scottish Community Woods Campaign 6,250
Scottish Conservation Projects 27,750
Scottish Ecological Consultants 2,000
Scottish Environmental Education Council 27,150
Scottish Field Studies Association 7,500
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust 13,000
Scottish Rights of Way Society 5,000
Scottish Scenic Trust 2,000
Scottish Wildlife and Countryside Link 9,500
Scottish Wildlife Trust 23,000
Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust 7,000
Venture Scotland 2,165
Water of Leith Conservation Trust 5,000
West Galloway Fisheries Trust 1,275
Woodland Trust 4,500

A further £35,750 is being held in reserve to support suitable projects which will further the aims of the Government's White Paper, "This Common Inheritance".

The experience of the schemes has been generally very good. I am satisfied that the grants now offered will, as they have done in the past, greatly assist the voluntary organisations to increase the level of their activity and do much useful work.

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