HC Deb 23 December 1982 vol 34 c661W
Mr. Corrie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the operations of the unemployed voluntary action fund; and what resources will be made available to the fund in 1983–84.

Mr. Younger

I have been much impressed by the operations of the fund which was established at my request by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust to administer Scotland's share of the £4 million made available in 1982–83 to expand voluntary work opportunities for the unemployed in the fields of health and social work services. The response to this initiative has been most encouraging, and all of the £400,000, which was the Scottish share of the total available, has now been allocated. The fund's trustees are to be congratulated on the admirable way in which they have discharged their duties.

Because of the success of the initiative and the response which it has elicited, I have decided to allocate a further

Exchequer net contribution (£ million)* Exchequer net contribution as a percentage of total net expenditure by
IBAP Agricultural departments IBAP Agricultural departments
1979–80 -9
1980–81 76 13
1981–82 -20
1982–83 330 ‡4 35 6
* Figures are taken from the appropriation accounts for earlier years and from IBAP's winter supplementary estimate for 1982–83.
† In 1979–80 and in 1981–82 contributions from the EAGGF, including reimbursement of losses on sales of intervention commodities some of which were purchased in earlier years, amounted to 102 per cent. and 103 per cent., respectively, of total net IBAP expenditure on market regulation. In both years sums were surrendered to the consolidated fund.
‡ Exchequer contribution to the cost of the beef suckler cow subsidy. Expenditure by the agricultural departments on market regulation under the common agricultural policy in the earler years was wholly funded by the EAGGF.

Mr. Deakins

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why forecast expenditure by the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce in 1982–83 on milk products and oil seeds shows a substantal rise on the preceding year.

Mr. Peter Walker

The forecast reflects expected increases in intervention buying of butter and skimmed milk powder and an increased rate of subsidy to crushers on increased production of oilseeds.