§ Mr. Charles Kennedy
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to increase funding to the Scottish avalanche information service following the recent avalanche on Liathach, Torridon, Wester Ross; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Hector Monro
The Scottish avalanche information service is administered by the Scottish Sports Council and is funded from the grant in aid total provided to the council by the Scottish Office. Any increase in funding is therefore a matter for the council in the first instance. The coverage of the scheme is reviewed regularly and at the end of this winter season, the council will be considering whether changes to the existing arrangements are necessary.