§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what reasons were supplied to his Department for the improvement scheme for Wick airport announced in May by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The responsibility for determining priorities for expenditure on airport improvements, including those at Wick, lies with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. I understand, however, that the works are required in order to update and improve facilities at the airport in the interests of providing a better service to users.