§ Mr. Macdonald
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the level of Scottish Office financial support to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. in 1996–97; and what estimate he has made of the level in 1997–98. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Financial support of up to £8.2 million is available to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. for the financial year 1996–97. Planned provision for 1997–98 is set out in "Serving Scotland's Needs", the Government's expenditure plans for 1996–97 to 1998–99 for the Departments of my right hon. Friend and for the Forestry Commission. It is £8 million, rounded to the nearest £ million.