§ Mr. Wallace
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has now considered the recent proposals of the European Commission for support for agriculture and rural development in some Scottish islands; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The European Commission's proposals for a programme of special measures for the Scottish islands and two other proposals were published on 14 December 1985. They require very careful examination and evaluation both in terms of the probable levels of benefit to the areas concerned and the likely cost. These assessments are under way. Consideration of these proposals by the Council of Ministers has yet to commence.