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Crofter Counties (Grants)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total of normal grants, over and above special grants promised by this Government and its predecessor, for road repair, improvement and construction in the crofting counties this year.

It is estimated that normal grants for 1954–55 for maintenance, and improvements of roads in the seven crofter counties, including township roads together with expenditure authorised on trunk roads will amount to£1,016,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much of the£750,000 special grant for Highland roads remains unspent and unallotted, respectively.

Total expenditure will not be known until outstanding accounts are submitted. Expenditure to date on schemes started under the programme amounts to approximately£400,000. Two schemes which it was intended to include in the programme, at a cost as then estimated of£323,000, were deferred. These works, the Borgie-Naver Bridge and St. Catherine's-Strachur roads, are now in hand in accordance with my announcement of 14th July, 1953.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total extra grant for road construction and repair which the Government have promised for roads in the crofting counties, over and above normal grants, and the£750,000 previously promised; and how much of this has been allotted.

The special allocation, announced in July, 1953, is of Government expenditure totalling£1 million. Proposals have been made for Government expenditure of£979,375, on present Estimates.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total amounts allotted to each of the crofting counties for roads from the£750,000 special grant, from the extra grant promised by this Government and by way of normal road grants, respectively.

The following table gives the information required:

£750,000 additional expenditure (1950)£1m. special allocation of Government expenditure (1953)Normal grants 1953–54*
Ross and Cromarty218,57348,463189,068
* The figures for individual counties for the current year cannot be given, as schemes for township roads are submitted during the year. The total grant for the year is estimated at£1,016,000.