HC Deb 22 March 1991 vol 188 cc235-6W
Mr. Paice

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the total amount paid in grants by Government Departments to voluntary bodies during the financial year 1989–90; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

Government funding to voluntary organisations in 1989–90 amounted to £2.36 billion. Of this, £1,681 million was payments to housing associations; £204 million was payments under major employment and training schemes; £373 million went to support 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 120,170
Defence 8,148,082
Education and Science 4,751,901
Youth training scheme 100,000,000
Employment training 104,000,000
Other programmes 58,078,798
Energy 722,218
Direct grants 11,132,402
Urban programme 61,400,000
Housing corporation 1,347,690,000
Countryside Commission 2,107,000
Nature Conservancy Council 1,528,000
Rural Development Commission 4,816,000
Sports Council 15,543,000
UK 2000 project grant fund 336,000
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1,532,000
Overseas Development Administration 65,164,127
Direct grants 39,589,458
Health Education Authority 728,043
Home Office
Direct grants 28,545,000
Equal Opportunities Commission 7,043
Commission for Racial Equality 1,178,722
Lord Chancellor's Department 768,000
Northern Ireland Office
Direct grants 16,158,488
Housing associations and societies 38,192,981
Economic Development Grants:
Action for community employment 48,547,471
Community workshops 19,008,115
Community volunteer schemes 868,000
Youth Community project 868,658
Youth Help 793,318
Sports Council for Northern Ireland 507,835
Scottish Office
Direct grants 16,339,277
Urban programme 34,251,000
Housing associations 202,000,000
Countryside Commission for Scotland 709,798
Highlands and Island Development Board 1,075,485
Sports Council for Scotland 1,386,562
Social Security 3,997,784

Trade and Industry 10,222,771
Transport 576,000
Welsh Office
Direct grants 7,227,156
Urban programme 4,125,000
Joint Finance/Care in the Community 305,000
Housing associations and societies 93,180,000
Development Board for Rural Wales 372,000
Sports Council for Wales 1,775,600
GRAND TOTAL 2,360,374,263

Excluding payments under major employment and training schemes and to housing association and societies funding has increased in cash terms by 8.3 per cent. over the level of provision in 1988–89. In the period between 1979–80 and 1989–90 the level of this Government's support for voluntary bodies has risen by 114 per cent. in real terms.

I am placing in the Library of the House a list of voluntary bodies funded by Government in 1989–90, other than those funded under the youth training scheme and employment training, housing programmes and the urban programme or via non-departmental public bodies.