§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to give financial support to family mediation and conciliation services in the next financial year; and if he will make a statement on his office's attitude to such services.
§ Mr. Stewart
Family Mediation Scotland will receive a grant of over £56,000 in 1994–95 as part of a three-year award under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. In addition, four local services—Borders, Central, Tayside and Western Isles—will receive grant in 1994–95 as part of three-year awards. The precise amounts are still being worked out with the organisations concerned.
We have received letters of support for the mediation services from throughout Scotland and the award of grants is an indication of how we value their worthwhile work of mediation.