HC Deb 15 July 1980 vol 988 cc477-8W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied that his offer of an increase of some 160 per cent. in his Department's grant to the British Youth Council (Scotland) is in line with Government policy to cut public expenditure; if he will now withdraw his offer of this amount of grant; on what basis the increase of 160 per cent. was made; and what steps he takes to monitor how this grant is spent.

Mr. Younger

The British Youth Council (Scotland) was designated as an approved organisation for receiving grant in October 1979, and the figures for 1979–80 therefore covered only a five-

1979–80 1980–81 to 30 June
£ £
Scottish Council for Spastics 1,500
Disablement Income Group 1,130 1,655
Braille Press 6,591
Scottish National Federation for the Welfare of the Blind 250
Age Concern Scotland 48,786
St. Vincent's Centre for the Deaf 10,854 619
Samaritans 4,800
Area 5 Action Group 9,023
Scottish Association for Mental Health 8,500
Garvald Training Centre 8,657 1,755
Barony Housing Association 12,244 2,208
Talbot Association 6,996 19,534
Scottish Catholic Marriage Advisory Council 1,860
Scottish Marriage Guidance Council 19,575 6,748
Scottish Council for Single Parents 16,046
Gingerbread 9,444 2,000
Scottish Women's Aid Federation 9,433 3,011
Community Service Volunteers 24,142
Voluntary Organisations Regional Advisory Group—Fife 3,744 736
Voluntary Organisations Regional Advisory Group—Lothian 9,502
St. Euphrasia's 76,858 16,068
Glasgow Volunteer Bureau 13,039
Scottish Council for Single Homeless 5,175
Scottish Council of Social Service 252,295 60,000
Scottish Pre-School Playgroups Association 49,358 12,646
Scottish Association of Voluntary Child Care Organisations 8,865 6,010
Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 63,693 27,762
International Year of the Child 3,750
Guild of Service 2,331 1,195
Iona Community 8,624
Adventure Sailing Trust 400
Canongate Youth Project 38,137 8,856
Scottish Association of Boys Clubs 44,541 9,808

month period. These comprised a recurrent grant of £4,875 and a non-recurrent grant of £598 towards the cost of items of office equipment.

The offer of a recurrent grant not exceeding £13,400 for the full financial year 1980–81 represents an increase on a full year's basis on the recurrent grant for 1979–80 of approximately 14.5 per cent.

My Department receives copies of the council's annual report and audited accounts and will obtain any further information it may require about the council's expenditure.