HC Deb 25 June 1990 vol 175 c25W
Mr. Gould

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list for each inner-city task force those voluntary organisations which have received grants in the current and previous financial years, and make a statement on his policy towards the voluntary sector projects so funded.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

[holding answer 22 June 1990]:This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost, since my Department's records do not specify the nature, voluntary or otherwise, of grant-funded bodies.

The task forces work with many different groups, including voluntary organisations, which can help fulfil their enterprise and employment objectives. Moreover, since task forces have a limited life, they devote some of their energy to strengthening local organisations which can step into their role when they leave. Voluntary organisations have an important part to play here, provided that they represent the most cost-effective approach in each case.