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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 certainly recognise the strength of feeling in Argyll and Bute. As Mr Hamilton will recognise, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has a substantial say in the distribution of the funds that are available. The special islands needs allowance is top-sliced in the distribution formula and it therefore has an effect on other councils. Obviously we must discuss those matters and consider them carefully. I cannot undertake to make a provisional payment that would prejudge any outcome, but I have no doubt that Argyll and Bute Council will be suitably generous in its appreciation of Mr Hamilton's efforts.