§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what sums of public money have been spent on the Portavadie and Hunterston platform sites.
§ Dr. J. Dickson Mabon
Government expenditure at Portavadie up to the end of September 1976 was £14.07 million, including Government consultancy and administrative costs.
At Hunterston, the Government have entered into an agreement with the 471W Clydesdale Bank to guarantee advances to Anglo-Dutch Offshore Concrete (ANDOC) for the purposes of constructing works for the building of concrete plaforms. Advances by the Clydesdale Bank under the guarantee, together with accrued interest at end-September 1976 totalled £4.29 million, while Government consultancy and administrative costs at that date were £0.288 million.