§ Mr. Hicks
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was(a) the number of applications that have been made by companies for financial assistance, (b) the number approved, (c) the total financial value of the approved applications and (d) the average time taken to process and approve these applications in the last three years for which figures are available for (i) the Scottish Development Agency and (ii) the Highlands and Islands development board. 
§ Mr. Kynoch
The Scottish Development Agency and the Highlands and Islands development board were replaced by, respectively, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on 1 April 1991. As the information requested concerns the operational activities of these organisations, I have asked their chairman to write to my hon. Friend.