HC Deb 03 June 1998 vol 313 cc259-60W
Mr. David Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money from public funds has been allocated to Prestwick Airport since BAA sold it in 1992. [42853]

Mr. McLeish

[holding answer 19 May 1998]: The following amounts have been allocated to Prestwick Airport from public funds since 1992:

  • Enterprise Ayrshire
    • £974,000: environmental improvements to airport surrounds/car parks (includes money for works which were not of direct benefit to the operation of the airport itself);
    • £426,000: contribution to link between railway station and airport; and
    • £97,000: contribution to freight development activity including consultancy/market feasibility studies.
    • Approval has also been given for funding of up to £1.5 million in relation to the development of airfreight facilities. No sum has yet been paid.
  • Strathclyde Passenger Transport/Strathclyde Regional Council
    • £500,000: contribution to railway station.
  • European Regional Development Fund
    • £367,033: contribution to railway station; and
    • £63,260: contribution to airport approach radar.
  • Regional Selective Assistance
    • £240,000: contribution by October 1994 to acquisition and operation of Prestwick Airport.
  • Other assistance
    • Other local authority assistance was provided in the form of loans/shares. These have all been repaid/redeemed for the same amount.