§ MR JOHN DEWAR (Inverness
To ask the Lord Advocate how much of the grant of £3,000 per annum under the Fishery Board, Scotland, Item D, has been expended in each of the last three financial years; what balance remained unexpended on 31st March, 1903; and also what balance remained at the credit of the Piers 59 and Harbours Deposit Account on 31st March, 1903.
(Answered by Mr. A. Graham Murray.) The annual grant referred to in the Question, together with the surplus brand fees, are paid into one deposit account, out of which harbour grants are made, so that there is no allocation of grants to each item separately. The total income from these combined sources for the last three years amounted to £10,327, and the expenditure to £12,164, the difference being made up by the balance on hand at the beginning of the three years period. The balance of the deposit account in hand (allocated but not expended) at 31st March last was £22,115, against grants already allocated amounting to £27,415. Since that date £3,000 (grant) and £2,010 (surplus brand fees) for the current financial year have become available, which shows a balance at the present date of £260 against the deposit account.