§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 22 March 1999]: There is no Government-wide policy not to fund charities' core activities. During 1999, the Home Office will lead the preparation of a code of good practice on funding, to underpin the recent Compact with the voluntary sector. The code will be a vehicle for developing a cross-departmental approach to strategic funding. In the case of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), funding was formally reviewed in 1997. One of the review's conclusions was that, as a national exemplar for the involvement of volunteers, WRVS supported Home Office objectives and should continue to receive strategic funding.