Rural Challenge Funding

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 2nd December 1999.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 2nd December 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that Here We Are Ltd of Cairndow will not lose any or all of its rural challenge funding as a result of the Scottish Executive's decision to call the project in for review. (S1O-748)

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Subject to planning permission being granted, rural challenge funding is secure.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

I thank the minister for his response. However, given that this is a local community project and that the community has put a huge amount of work into raising the necessary funds to get the project off the ground, can the minister assure me that the review process will be completed by 31 March? Any further delay will mean that the project will forfeit £30,000 from Argyll and the Islands Enterprise and £42,000 from Scottish Natural Heritage, in addition to the £50,000 from the Scottish Office rural challenge fund.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

I cannot give an absolute guarantee on the final determination of the inquiry but, as Mr Lyon is aware, the parties were asked to submit their submissions by 30 November. The submissions are being circulated and the parties have three weeks within which to respond. Therefore, it is up to the parties to meet the inquiry's timetable.