§ Mr. Chris Patten
The information is as follows. In addition to the amounts shown, the health and social services boards provide financial assistance to national child care organisations in respect of day care and residential facilities. Details of the actual amounts paid are not, however, readily available. Departments and health and social services boards also provide financial assistance to a number of other national or regional voluntary organisations, part of whose services benefit children and their parents.
costs. The Government subsidise the council's gas undertaking by paying its deficits annually, in arrears. For 1983–84, the deficit amounts to some £9 million, or nearly half operating costs. While the specific increase in the price of gas in the Belfast area is a matter for the Belfast city council to decide, the 8.5 per cent. increase represents the minimum necessary to enable the Government to make a payment in respect of the gas undertaking's deficit in 1983–84.