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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 Duncan Hamilton Duncan Hamilton Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 30th September 1999

I am not sure which of Mr McConnell's diaries his current appointment was in, but I note that he is now here. [Laughter.]

Does the minister—whichever of the two ministers cares to answer—recognise the threat to the sustainability of island communities caused by the cuts in the budget for Argyll and Bute Council? Does he recognise the absurdity of a council that has 27 islands under its jurisdiction getting not one penny of the £90 million that has been allocated since the reorganisation of local government? Will he recognise the necessity for an interim payment to Argyll and Bute Council to stop rural schools shutting and island communities withering?