§ 118. Mr. Gerald Bowden
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about increases planned in the Overseas Development Agency joint funding scheme and other schemes benefiting United Kingdom non-governmental organisations operating in developing countries.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I have recently decided to increase our joint funding scheme, under which we support non-governmental organisations' agreed long-term development projects by 25 per cent. next year to £20 million. I am also increasing support for the United Kingdom volunteer recruiting agencies—most notably VSO—by 10 per cent. to £14.3 million. We will, of course, also consider sympathetically requests for assistance from non-governmental organisations for disaster and emergency relief measures if the need arises.
§ Sir John Stanley
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the principal categories of Overseas Development Administration grants to non-governmental organisations in 1988–89 under the heading "Others" in his reply to the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on 16 November,Official Report, columns 467–70; and what sum was paid to each non-governmental organisation within each of these categories of grant.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Grants to non-governmental organisations under the heading of "Others" as contained in my reply on 16 November encompass a wide range of activity which cannot readily be categorised. The principal elements are the volunteer programme and certain development projects implemented by non-governmental organisations but financed from bilateral country programmes. The volunteer programme accounts for 52 per cent. of the "Others" figure and consists of:
Grant 1980 to 1989 £ British Executive Service Overseas 300,006 Catholic Institute for International Relations 945,000 International Voluntary Service 760,000 United Nation Association International Service 490,000 Voluntary Service Overseas 8,681,533 TOTAL 11,176,539