HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 c602W
Mr. Dismore

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to extend the charter mark award scheme. [80321]

Mr. Kilfoyle

We expect to receive 1,500 applications in 1999; a 25 per cent. increase over the record 1998 figure of 1,200. We have also launched a self-assessment pack, to encourage more and better applications, and as a useful quality tool in its own right.

In 2000 we are expanding the Scheme to include all voluntary organisations which provide a public service and which are 50 per cent. or more financed from public funds; and to include sub-contractors to the public sector which are providing services also provided by the public sector.