§ Mr. Kynoch
[holding answer 11 July 1995]: No Government grant is paid towards the costs of non-domestic sewerage which are fully funded by the non-domestic sewerage rate.
Domestic sewerage is one of the range of local authority services which are supported by aggregate external finance, with the balance being met by the council tax. However, AEF is in general not hypothecated to particular services.
In addition, grant aid towards sewerage services was provided for the three-year period 1991–94 by means of the sewerage improvement grant scheme. The total amount of grant paid through this scheme to the authorities over the three-year period was £130 million and the allocation, by authority for the last year of the grant 1993–94 are given in the table.
Sewerage improvement grant 1993–94 £000 Borders 1,284 Central 3,552 Dumfries and Galloway 2,125 Fife 5,983 Grampian 5,043 Highland 6,000 Lothian 5,628 Strathclyde 15,156 Tayside 6,376 Orkney 2,155 Shetland 1,072 Western Isles 626 Scotland 55,000