HC Deb 17 July 2000 vol 354 c6W
Mr. Yeo

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on grants paid by his Department to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. [128307]

Mr. Nick Brown

Under the terms of the National Heritage Act 1983 and the Ministry's responsibilities for sponsorship of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, my Department pays a grant in aid towards the body's staff, running costs and for certain capital works.

In recent years, annual grant in aid averaging some £18 million has been paid representing about half of their annual income. The grant allocated for the current financial year is £15.735 million.