§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial assistance has been provided by Scottish Enterprise or any of its subsidiary bodies to the Duke of Atholl, his estate or any company with which he is financially associated for the refurbishment and restoration of Blair castle, its gardens and estates; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stewart
This is essentially an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise and the local enterprise company for the area, Scottish Enterprise Tayside. However, I understand that Scottish Enterprise Tayside has a training for work contract with Training Craft, a subsidiary of Scottish Conservation Projects, which currently uses the Hercules gardens at Blair castle as a project site to train adults in conservation and horticultural skills. The estate contributes substantially towards the costs of the project including those of all materials and equipment and towards some of the costs of the training supervisor and of transporting trainees to the site.