HC Deb 10 January 2001 vol 360 cc584-6W
Helen Jones

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what financial support her Department has made available to child contact centres in the current financial year; and if he will make a statement. [145154]

Jane Kennedy

The Government greatly appreciate the valuable work which child contact centres do in enabling parents and children to have contact in cases where this might otherwise be impossible, and in providing supported or supervised contact where this is necessary. In the financial year 2000–01 the Lord Chancellor's Department has so far agreed grants of £501,428 to contact centres or to other voluntary sector organisations which provide help to children experiencing family breakdown.

The grants made include £200,000 for the National Association of Child Contact Centres; £77,000 for NCH—Action for Children; £53,000 for the Coram Family Child Contact Service; £47,501 for Welfare Community Projects; £47,000 for Get Connected; £37,077 for the Norfolk and Norwich Families' House; £31,250 for the St. Andrew's Family Contact Centre; and £8,600 for the NCH Durham and Darlington Contact Centres.