HC Deb 14 June 1988 vol 135 c91W
Mr. Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to increase the budget for the joint funding scheme.

Mr. Chris Patten

I have decided to increase this year's budget for the joint funding scheme to £10.5 million, which is a 75 per cent. increase on the original allocation for last year. Under the joint funding scheme we support, on a 50:50 basis, voluntary agencies' projects which are aimed at some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in the developing world, and I am sure that this is money very well spent.