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Release (Subvention)

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department has subsidised an organisation one of whose objects is to legalise the smoking of cannabis; and when such subsidy started and how much subvention this organisation has received.

The Home Office Voluntary Services Unit makes grants to the Prince-dale Trust, which supports the welfare and advisory services of the organisation called Release. Payments amounting to £53,000 have been made since the grant was approved in 1974. This money can be used only for charitable purposes, and can thus be put only towards the welfare activities of Release; it may not be used to promote any wider objectives of that organisation.