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Capital Grants Scheme

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to withdraw or reduce the capital grants scheme currently available to local voluntary youth and community organisations; what representations he has received on this matter; and if he will make a statement.

I have it in mind to discontinue with effect from 1 April 1983 the existing scheme of capital grants to local voluntary youth and community organisations, and to use the funds allocated for these grants to augment the resources available for assisting community projects under the urban programme. I have sought views on this proposal from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and from other interested bodies. Of those consulted, only the Highlands and Islands Development Board has so far replied, expressing its opposition. I have also received representations against the proposal from several hon. Members and from a number of local and national organisations. I shall make a further statement when I have received the views of all the interested bodies.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new buildings have been erected in the Borders area as a result of the existence of the capital grants scheme in each of the last three years.

One new building, a youth club, was completed earlier this year with the help of a capital grant from my Department. In addition, the following offers of grant have been made since 1 April 1979 in respect of minor improvements to village halls in the Borders:

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