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Voluntary Organisations

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding programmes are operated by her Department to support voluntary organisations working with young people; and what the level of support has been in each of the last three years. [120534]

Defra funds a wide variety of voluntary organisation which work with young people but it is difficult to separate out specific expenditure within funding across all the department's programmes. Much of the work done with young people is carried out as part of broader programmes of work that also target other groups. Because of this it is not possible to rapidly provide a precise breakdown of support to voluntary organisations working with young people. Other

Table 1
Funding programme 2001/02Total funding 2002 (£)Number of grants 2002Average grant (£)2002Total funding 2001(£)Number of grants 2001Average grant (£)2001
The Rural Stress—Action Plan300,0003100,000597,2884149,322
Nat Federation of Young Farmers66,000168,000234,000
National Energy Action943,3351850,0001
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group448,3574112,089284,0001
Wildlife and Countryside Research Programme219,027636,50592,242330,747
Environmental Action Fund4,115,6009244,7354,187,52514229,489
Programme Development Fund10,572101,05711,31842,830
Countryside agency schemes8,677,614501370,0098,935,035418129,510
Charity Match Funding (FMD)16,642,36355302,58811
English Nature schemes3,613,96148476,6711,701,6897022,290
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