HC Deb 01 November 1983 vol 47 cc319-20W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish a table indicating the expected outturn of grants to be given during the present financial year to the Voluntary Service Overseas organisation; how these compare with corresponding figures for each of the past five years; and if he will maintain this level of the grant in real terms for 1984–85.

Mr. Raison

The estimated outturn of our grant to Voluntary Service Overseas for this financial year and the corresponding figures for the previous five years are as follows:

£ million
1978–79 1.263
1979–80 1.686
1980–81 2.160
1981–82 2.711
1982–83 3.367
1983–84 *4.036
* Estimated.

I am not yet able to announce the level of grant support which will be made available to VSO in 1984–85.

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