§ Mr. Maxton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he has reduced the funds paid by his Department to the Scottish Development Agency for environmental improvement.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
Each year my right hon. Friend agrees with the agency how much of its total funding should be allocated to its various sub-heads. The reduction in provision for environmental improvement schemes from £23.9 million in 1982–83 to £19.4 million in 1983–84 has contributed to an increase from £2.4 million to £10.6 million in provision for grant funding for area initiatives, the LEG-UP scheme and other projects such as the Scottish Industrial exhibition centre, which contain a large element of environmental improvement work.