§ Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what arrangements he intends to make with respect to payments of the Government's contribution to the Piper Alpha disaster fund.
§ Mr. Parkinson
As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced on 8 July, the Government intend to contribute £1 million to the Piper Alpha disaster fund. Parliamentary approval for this expenditure will be sought in a Supplementary Supply Estimate for the Department of Energy's class VI, vote 2. Pending that approval, urgent payment of the full contribution will be made by a repayable advance from the contingencies fund.