Children (Reading)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour 2:30, 13 March 2003

I recognise that Fiona McLeod has taken an interest in this issue. I assure her that the home reading initiative has had an impact in a number of schools and nurseries that I have visited, where there has been increased demand for use of library facilities.

A total of £300,000 has been set aside for the small grants scheme. It is intended to provide localised funding for small groups that might not have access to other sources of funding to provide story sacks, for example, and other ways of involving parents in the process. I will send the member the full details.