HC Deb 11 May 1990 vol 172 cc254-6W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Prime Minister if she will list the total amount paid in grants by Government Departments to voluntary bodies during the financial year 1988–89; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

Government funding to voluntary organisations in 1988–89 amounted to £2.1 billion. Of this, £1,075 million was payments to housing associations; £510 million was payments under a variety of employment programmes; and £344 million went to support the provision of services and a wide range of activities and projects by a variety of voluntary organisations. The amount spent under individual departmental programmes is as follows:

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 150,811
Defence 6,695,827
Education and Science 5,022,802
—Direct grants 47,324,589
—Community programme 345,000,000
—Voluntary projects programme 7,620,000
—Employment training 65,100,000
—Youth training scheme 92,000,000
Energy 896,294
—Direct grants 46,785,788
—Indirect grants total 908,932,000
including the following:
—Urban programme 68,700,000
—Housing associations and societies 809,808,000
—Countryside Commission 1,900,000
—Nature Conservancy Council 2,100,000
—Sports Council 16,174,000
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1,196,800
Overseas Development Administration 63,024,299
—Direct grants 38,050,333
—Health Education Authority 595,997
Home Office
—Direct grants 24,422,338
—Equal Opportunities Commission 40,269
—Commission for Racial Equality 1,807,670
Lord Chancellor's Department 745,000
Northern Ireland Office
—Direct grants 13,642,973
—Housing associations and societies 45,333,856
Economic Development Grants:
—Action for community employment 41,500,000
—Community workshops 17,152,378
—Community volunteer scheme 798,000
—Youth community project 785,688
—Youth Help 753,313
—Sports Council for Northern Ireland 392,475
Scottish Office
—Direct grants 14,771,542
—Urban programme 27,729,000
—Housing associations and societies 151,000,000
—Countryside Commission for Scotland
—Highlands and Islands Development Board
—Sports Council for Scotland 1,417,969
Social Security 3,782,736
Trade and Industry 9,576,000
Transport 608,000
Welsh Office
—Direct grants 6,176,552
—Urban programme 2,840,000
—Joint finance 330,000
—Housing associations and societies 69,040,000
—Sports Council for Wales 1,184,977
Grand total 2,065,800,448

Direct grants, other than those under employment programmes and to housing associations and societies, have increased by 17.5 per cent. over the level of provision in 1987–88. In the period between 1979–80 and 1988–89 the level of this Government support for voluntary bodies has risen by 110 per cent. in real terms.

I am placing in the Library of the House a list of voluntary bodies funded by Government in 1988–89, other than those funded under employment and housing programmes and the urban programme or via non-departmental public bodies.