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Violence Against Women

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was given to the Rape Crisis Federation in each of the last five years for which information is available. [108160]

The Home Office began providing core funding to the Rape Crisis Federation (RCF) in April 2001. In 2001–02 the Department paid a grant of £406,000 to RCF. In 2002–03 the Home Office offered £432,000, although in the event RCF only drew down £302,000 of this. The Department plans to offer a similar level of funding to the RCF during 2003–04, subject to need.

In addition to this core grant, the Home Office has also been supporting RCF's development of a statistical database on rape and sexual assault. Funding for this project amounted to £21,477 in 2000–01; £60,306 in 2001–02; and £52,432 in 2002–03.