HC Deb 22 February 1999 vol 326 c130W
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much financial assistance he has provided to ChildLine in the past three years; and how much he is making available to ChildLine for the next three years. [70712]

Mr. Hutton

ChildLine were awarded a grant under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 for a three year period in 1996–97. They received £183,000 in 1996–97, £173,000 in 1997–98, and £163,000 in 1998–99. ChildLine have also received a Section 64 Grant of £60,000 over the last three years for their special helpline for children in care.

We intend to award ChildLine a Renewal Core grant under the Section 64 Grant award scheme for the next three years. We will be making £187,500 available in 1999–2000, £180,000 in 2000–01 and £175,000 in 2001–02. In addition, we will be making £50,000 a year available for the three financial years 1999–2000, 2000–01, and 2001–02 so that ChildLine may provide a helpline for looked after children.