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Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list those agencies and non-hospital projects working in the field of alcoholic rehabilitation which are wholly or partly funded by the Department; what is the amount of grant in each case; and if he will indicate the level of funding in each case proposed for the next financial year(2) what is the amount of grants paid by his Department to voluntary organisations which provide hostels for homeless people with a drinking problem for each year since 1974; how much is proposed for 1980–81; if he is satisfied with the level of his Department's support to such voluntary organisations; and what is his estimate of the number of people who suffer from a drinking problem.

The grants given in 1978–79 to voluntary agencies concerned with alcoholic rehabilitation were:

Alcoholics Recovery Project24,312
Allen House Trust, Bognor Regis 5,388
Avon Council on Alcoholism12,382
Birmingham Diocesan Council for Social Aid9,882
Bow Mission32,201
Camden Alcoholics Support Association28,258
Church Army (final claim not yet received)
Coventry Cyrenians3,673
Devon Council on Alcoholism6,752
Hostel, Maidstone Council of Churches2,903
Hampshire Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders7,040
Hastings Hostel Ltd., Leicester9,894
Helping Hand Organisation74,845
Homeless Action and Accommodation Ltd3,885
Oxford and District Council on Alcoholism8,063
Petrus Community20,005
Royal London Aid Society9,400
Salvation Army30,075
St. Anne's Shelter and Housing Action Ltd., Leeds30,664
Society of St. Dismas, Southampton19,365
Scunthorpe Committee on Alcoholism1,639
South East London Consortium26,000
Spelthorne St. Mary, Harpenden4,540
Spitalfields Crypt Association18,179
Stonham Housing Association14,834
Thamesdown and North Wiltshire Council on Alcoholism8,344
Wayback Foundation, Plymouth7,472
West London Cyrenians1,808
Westminster Advisory Centre on Alcoholism125
Alcohol Education Centre50,000
Alcoholic Recovery Project11,000
Aquarius Resource Centre14,219
Federation of Alcoholic Rehabilitation Establishments46,265
Helping Hand Organisation24,300
Helping Hand Organisation/Bedford Advice Centre10,400
Medical Council on Alcoholism14,450
National Council on Alcoholism147,000
Norfolk Council on Alcoholism24,000
South-East London Consortium13,000
St. Botolph's3,500
The total grants paid to voluntary organisations to provide hostels for alcoholics, including homeless alcoholics, since April 1974 are as follows:

* Estimated.
The level of grants for all voluntary organisations in this field for 1980–81 will be settled in the light of their applications taking account of resources available.The level of the Department's support is exceptional as the Department does not normally fund local projects. The amount has depended on the number of schemes proposed by voluntary organisations for which local authorities have given an undertaking that after five years the organisations if successful could look to them for any financial support needed to enable the hostel to continue. I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 31 October 1979 to my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Shepherd) for the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys' recent estimate of

the number of alcoholics in the United Kingdom.—[Vol 972. c.