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Voluntary Bodies (Grants)

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Prime Minister if she will list the total amounts paid in grants by Government Departments to voluntary bodies during the financial year 1986–87; and if she will make a statement.

The figures are shown in the table. The total amount provided in 1986–87 represents a cash increase of 4·4 per cent. (in real terms 1·1 per cent.) on the level of provision in 1985–86. In the period between 1979–80 and 1986–87 the level of Government support to voluntary bodies has risen by about 221 per cent. (in real terms 92·4 per cent.).

Grants by Government Departments in 1986–87


Agriculture, Fisheries and Food171,700
Education and Science16,229,314
Environment—direct grants3,612,417
—urban programme76,011,000
Foreign and Commonwealth Office880,626
Overseas Development Administration126,822,713
Health and Social Security35,075,544
Home Office19,541,336
Lord Chancellor's Department726,743
Northern Ireland Departments14,974,781
Scottish Office—direct grants8,970,443
—urban programme16,600,000
Trade and Industry8,689,088
Welsh Office—direct grants8,467,801
—urban programme2,850,000

1 During 1986–87 there was a decrease in requests from voluntary Agencies for grants in support of disaster, refugee and other emergency relief measures. That programme is, by its nature, reactive rather than planned. The other forms of support from the aid programme for voluntary agencies for their longer term development work increased substantially during 1986–87.


In addition, payments were made directly to voluntary bodies under various employment programmes:


Manpower Services Commission

Community Programme480,000,000
Voluntary Projects Programme8,250,000
Youth Training Scheme125,000,000

The MSC makes payments to voluntary bodies under other programmes, but these cannot be given in detail except at disproportionate cost.


Northern Ireland Office (Department of Economic Development)

Community Workshops15,599,832
Action for Community Employment Scheme28,489,008
Community Volunteering Scheme654,718
Youth Community Projects746,191
Youth Help712,303

Departments also made grants and payments to housing associations and societies; these are as follows:


Department of the Environment842,700,000
Northern Ireland Office (Department of the Environment)41,571,238
Scottish Office107,571,238
Welsh Office56,600,213

Grants made to voluntary bodies in 1986–87 by non-departmental public bodies include the following:


Equal Opportunities Commission41,866
Commission for Racial Equality1,835,210
Countryside Commission2,625,000
Countryside Commission for Scotland342,491
Health Education Council738,000
Highlands and Islands Development Board666,895
Nature Conservancy Council1,765,072
Sports Council15,446,000


Sports Council for Northern Ireland405,189
Sports Council for Scotland2,454,891
Sports Council for Wales1,576,465