§ 13. Mr. Russell Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with public sector bodies in Dumfries and Galloway about Carlisle airport and a possible financial contribution by them towards the airport's costs. 
§ Mrs. McGuire
The Scotland Office has not taken part in any such discussions. Responsibility for economic development in Dumfries and Galloway rests with Scottish Ministers.
I understand that Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway are involved with the North West Development Agency in looking at the issues surrounding the financing of airport and route development at Carlisle.