§ Mr. Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will list the categories of financial grants made by her Department to bodies, voluntary and statutory, in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region in each of the last five years; and if she will indicate the total amount paid into each category in each respective year.
§ Mr. Maclennan
My Department is responsible for a grant in aid to the National Council of Social Services, and for the expenditure on local price comparison surveys and consumer advisory centres announced in "The Attack on Inflation" (Cmnd. 6151, paragraph 32). Expenditure in the Yorkshire and Humberside region in 1974–5 and 1975–6 is as follows:
1974–75 1975–76 NCSS (Support for new citizens advice bureaux and improvement of existing bureaux) £14,500 £13,000 Local price comparison surveys £8,130
In addition it is planned to spend £90,000 on consumer advice centres, and a small part of this may fall in 1975–6.
I regret that information for the years before the Department of Prices and 119W Consumer Protection was set up is not readily available.