HC Deb 15 July 1980 vol 988 cc493-4W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Lord Privy Seal how much money his Department gave last year to the British Youth Council; what monitoring of the way this money was used was carried out by his Department; how the money was used; what grant in total his office is giving in the current year; and whether he is satisfied that this grant is compatible with the Government policy to reduce public expenditure.

Mr. Blaker

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant to the British Youth Council in 1979–80 was £27,873. Monitoring of this grant was effected through the submission by the council of estimates, including details of projects, showing how it was intended to use the money; discussions of changes in the course of the year; representation by the Foreign and Commonwealth office at council meetings; and the provision by the council of audited statements of accounts. The money was used to meet administrative expenditure and membership dues of the Council of European National Youth Committees and the cost of project activity in the Commonwealth, in Western and Eastern Europe and in the Third world. The amount of the grant in the current year is £34,400. We are satisfied that a grant of this order to the British Youth Council is warranted.