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Islands Needs Allowance

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 30th September 1999.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar Labour 2:30 pm, 30th September 1999

I am grateful to you, Presiding Officer, particularly as you have been so helpful and useful today—sorry, perhaps I should not use the word useful, as it now has other connotations. [Laughter.]

The Executive has been discussing the special islands needs allowance with Argyll and Bute Council for some time. We recognise that the council feels strongly on the issue, which is still the subject of discussion and consideration.