§ Mr. Stewart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the measures he has taken to assist local authorities and other institutions in the aftermath of the floods within Strathclyde earlier this year. 
§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 30 March 1995]: The measures taken under my responsibility in response to the Strathclyde flooding include:£100,000 supplementary capital allocation to Renfrew District Council in 1994–95, to provide temporary accommodation for those made homeless;£150,000 supplementary housing capital allocation to Strathkelvin District Council in 1994–95 to undertake flood abatement works at Lennoxtown;£200,000 supplementary capital allocation to Glasgow District Council in 1994–95 to undertake urgent housing repairs;£1.365 million supplementary capital allocations to Strathclyde Regional Council in 1994–95 for urgent repair work on non-housing services;authorising Renfrew District Council to carry forward unutilised capital consent of up to a maximum of £1.85 million from 1994–95 for expenditure in 1995–96;authorising Strathkelvin District Council to carry forward unutilised capital consent of up to a maximum of £0.53 million from 1994–95 for expenditure in 1995–96;£2.5 million additional capital allocations in 1995–96 for remedial work on housing to Renfrew District Council and Strathkelvin District Council;£10,000 contribution to Clyde River Purification Board study on the cause and extent of the recent flooding; and1271Wan increase of £180,000 in the 1995–96 non-housing capital consent allocation to Renfrew District Council to meet the cost of repairs to the Linwood Sports Centre.
In addition, the Government scheme of special financial assistance, known as the Bellwin scheme, has been activated.
A draft national planning policy guideline on planning and flooding has recently been issued for consultation.