The estimates for grant-in-aid to the Board in this financial year include £320,000 for grants and loans to industry and other projects. The whole of this provision is likely to be used for grants and loans, and my right hon. Friend may have to seek a supplementary provision.
Is the Minister of State aware that the cost of the Selective Employment Tax in these same Highland counties will be between £2 million and £3 million in a full year? Is he aware further that this is nearly 10 times as much as the aid, welcome as it is, being provided by the Board? Will he look again seriously at the impact of this monstrous tax on the Highlands?