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Volume 167: debated on Wednesday 14 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the level of section 64 grant funding since 1984 for each Lighthouse, Terrence Higgins Trust, Mildmay, National AIDS Trust and ACET.

Under the rules of the general grant scheme established under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 the Department can offer four sorts of grant. Most grants are awarded to national voluntary organisations towards their headquarters administrative costs. The Department has made the following section 64 grants to the voluntary organisations identified:We are determined to tackle the problem of excessive waiting, and have sent a management team into the 22 districts with the longest waiting lists, backed by money from the waiting list fund. As a result waiting lists in those districts have reduced by 12 per cent. and the number of patients waiting over a year by 17 per cent., with further reductions planned. This work will continue in 1990–91, when the team will be investigating the 100 longest district specialty lists in the country. Nationally, provisional figures for September 1989 suggest that waiting lists have fallen since March, and in particular the numbers waiting over a year.