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Connexions Service

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants have been made by the Connexions service to voluntary organisations working with young people for each region in which it operates. [103678]

Connexions Partnerships make both grant awards and contract payments to voluntary organisations. The latest available data are for the nine months to December 2002. It reflects the different stages of development of the 41 Connexions Partnerships that were operating for all or part of the period. Information from Partnerships suggests that grants awards and contract payments will increase further towards the end of the financial year to March 2003.

RegionGrant awards £kContract payments £kTotal payments to voluntary organisations £k
Eastern1490149
East Midlands13885223
London3457781.123
North East28028
North West1,14101,141
South East0128128
South West154532686
West Midlands61369430
Yorkshire and Humberside58553611
Total2,0742,4454,519

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets he has set the Connexions service for the level of grants it should be making to voluntary organisations working with young people. [103679]

There are no targets for the level of grants that Connexions Partnerships should make to voluntary and community organisations.

Under most circumstances, we would expect Connexions Partnerships to enter into a contract with each of their service providers, including voluntary and community organisations. However, in some cases the need for a contract may present a barrier to an organisation's involvement, particularly in the case of some small voluntary or community groups. In such circumstances, Partnerships can allocate up to £30,000 to an organisation as a grant award in any 12-month period. The total amount awarded in this way is subject to an overriding limit of 5 per cent. of the Partnership's DIES grant allocation, although this may be exceeded with the agreement of the local Government Office. While Partnerships are strongly encouraged to make use of this facility, priorities and structures inevitably vary between and within areas, and it is for this reason that we do not set targets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent by Connexions, in each region, on (a) purchasing property, (b) renting property and (c) construction and refurbishment work in each year it has been operational. [103680]

The information requested is not collected in the detail and format requested. The following table gives the expenditure of Connexions Partnerships by region for 2001–02 and the first nine months of 2002–03 recorded as "Premises Costs" in their accounts. This expenditure will include items such as rent, purchase of property, refurbishment, construction, fixtures, fittings, local taxation etc.

RegionNumber of partnerships 2001–02Premises costs 2001–021 £ million)Number of partnerships 2002–03Premises costs 2002–032 (£ million)
Eastern120751,307
East Midlands126751,113
London218451,877
North East3953
North West31,43852,643
South East16373862
South West21,25861,654
West Midlands31,45962,586
Yorkshire and Humber28993696
Total1536,34941413,691
1 12 months
2 9 months
3 Reflects the total annual expenditure for the 15 Partnerships that were operating for all or part of the year.
4 Reflects the total expenditure for the 9 months to December 2002 for the 41 Partnerships that were operating for all or part of the period. Although a further three Partnerships began operations during October and November 2002 they were not required to produce accounts for December, so no information is available for them.