§ Lord Inglewood
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will allow grants awarded to a designated assisted area to be spent on transport links between the area and the main infrastructure network of the country.
The Earl of Caithness
Grants may only be paid for purposes specified in the legislative provisions by which they are authorised and are subject to any limitations in the Supply Estimates where provision for their payment is made. Section 13 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 provides that, where adequate provision has not been made for the needs of an assisted area in respect of a basic service, the Minister in charge of the government department responsible for the service may make grants for the improvement of the service."Basic service" is defined to include the provision of facilities for transport. Provision is made in Class VII, Vote 5 for grants towards access roads to be made under this power.