HC Deb 17 November 1972 vol 846 cc233-4W
Miss Quennell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what grants are available from central Government funds to local authorities to help the rebuilding, modernisation or similar improvement of village halls, community centres, and so forth in rural areas, and to the management committees or trustees of such institutions.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Within the limit of the resources available, my Department makes grants to village hall and community centre committees equal to twice the grants offered by local authorities, subject to a limit of 50 per cent. of the total cost of each project or £25,000, whichever is the less. My Department does not make specific grants to local authorities for this purpose.

Negotiating Group Estimated number of workers affected
Hosiery Manufacture NJIC 81,000
National Health Service—
(a) Administrative and Clerical 68,000
(b) Ancillary Workers 230,000
(c) Medical Laboratory Technicians 11,500
(d) Professional and Technical Staff "B" Group 24,700
Paper Making and Paper Board 71 000
Post Office—Non-Engineering Grades above Clerical Officer 31,000
Retail Multiple Grocery (E & W) 100,000
Retail Pharmacy NJIC 55,000
Road Haulage (GB) (WC) 300,000
Sawmilling (E & W) 27,000
Scottish Banks 15,000
Teachers (E & W) 384,000

Miss Quennell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if she will publish a table showing how her allocation of funds for the improvement and so on of village halls and community centres compares with funds made available over the past five years to the latest convenient date for the same purposes;

(2) if she will publish the sum of money made available for the improvement of village halls, community centres and the like in the administrative county of Hampshire over the past five years.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Grants offered by my Department over the last five years are as follows:

Year England and Wales Hampshire
£ £
1968–69 421,000 18,000
1969–70 536,000 25,000
1970–71 798,000 21,500
1971–72 911,000 25,000
1972–73 (to 15th November, 1972) 1,172,000 33,600

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