Mountain Rescue

Part of First Minister's Question Time — Prime Minister (Meetings) – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:11 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 3:11, 13 March 2003

Mountain rescue teams play a vital role in Scotland. On Sunday, I announced that we will be making a contribution of around £300,000 towards the modernisation of their radios. More general funding for mountain rescue teams is currently provided by police forces. We are in discussion with mountain rescue representatives and the police about those arrangements in order to ensure appropriate levels of funding for mountain rescue in the future. On Sunday, I gave a commitment to the Cairngorm mountain rescue team that I would reach a decision on the matter by the autumn, if I am fortunate enough to be in a position to do so.