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Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase his Department's grant to the Childline charity. [37821]

There has been a substantial increase in Department of Health support for Childline from this financial year. Childline's main grant from the Government is £519,000 over the three financial years ending in 1998–99. In addition, a Government grant of £60,000 is being paid to Childline over three financial years ending 1998–99 to help it continue operating its dedicated line for children in care.