§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the amount of expenditure on debt charged in respect of past borrowings authorised by central Government in each local authority in Scotland and give the percentage which this represents.
§ Mr. Ancram
Since 1975 Scottish local authorities have not required the Secretary of State's consent to borrow for capital expenditure purposes. Figures are not available for the current cost to local authorities of borrowing authorised by the Secretary of State before that date.