HC Deb 23 February 1976 vol 906 cc55-6W
Mr. George Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consents have been given by him under Section 94 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 in respect of expenditure during 1975–76 and 1976–77, respectively; what the total value of such consents were; and how the consents were allocated as between different local authorities.

Mr. William Ross

Expenditure by local authorities in 1975–76 and later years on projects for which borrowing consent had been given prior to 15th May 1975 is deemed to have received consent under Section 94 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 on condition that the work is started by 31st for 1976, broken down into relevant headings.

Mr. William Ross

The total cost of publicity for the Scottish Office in the financial years 1973–74 and 1974–75, the estimated publicity expenditure in 1975–76, the forecast for 1976–77, and the breakdown by media is given in the following table:

March 1976. Approvals in 1975–76 under Section 94 have largely been given on a project basis without specifying formally the amounts of expenditure to be incurred in a particular year. Approval has so far been given to total expenditure in that year and later years of around £400 million.