asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will review the work of voluntary organisations in the social services.
The services provided by certain voluntary organisations are an essential element in the total provision of social services, and it is important, therefore, that both the local authorities and voluntary organisations should work together to provide effective services for their area. My right hon. Friend has powers under the Health Service and Public Health Act 1968 to give financial support towards the headquarter costs of national organisations, and local authorities have similar powers with regard to local projects and activities. We keep under continuous review ways in which this support may be better deployed and other means by which we can assist in the development of the voluntary sector.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much his Department is expected to have granted to voluntary organisations in 1976–77.
The total of grants given by my Department to voluntary organisations in 1976–77, under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968, was £2·7 million.