§ 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.