To ask the Scottish Executive what average time has been taken to reach a decision on approving rural home ownership grants and to inform applicants in (a) Caithness, (b) Sutherland, (c) Orkney, (d) Shetland, (e) the Western Isles, (f) Ross-shire, (g) Inverness-shire, (h) Skye, (i) Lochalsh, (j) Badenoch and Strathspey and (k) Argyll and Bute in each year from 2001 to 2007.
I have asked Angiolina Foster, Chief Executive of Communities Scotland, to respond. Her response is as follows:
The information requested is not available. However, Communities Scotland aims to provide a grant applicant with a decision in principle within six weeks of receiving a fully completed outline application for funding. If the outline application is approved, a grant applicant will be asked to complete a more detailed application. Communities Scotland aims to make a final decision on whether grant can be awarded within six weeks of receiving the final piece of information needed to fully consider this application. If the more detailed application is approved, a formal offer of grant will be made.