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Ace Schemes

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has any plans to expand the use of ACE schemes for community care initiatives; and if he will make a statement on proposed new ACE schemes in this field.

On 13 December last I announced that an additional £10 million was being allocated to the ACE programme in 1988–89 and approximately 30 per cent. of this increase would be available to ACE sponsors who promote community health and social care projects. Consideration is currently being given to a number of proposals for the establishment of new ACE projects as well as the expansion of existing schemes in the community care field.