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Somalia

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support his Department has provided for Somali community groups in each of the past five years; what support is planned for 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (84957)

The grants presented in the following table have been provided by the Home Office, through the Immigration and Nationality Directorate or its former Communities Group (now part of the Department for Communities and Local Government) to Somali community organisations over the past five years, or will be provided in 2006-07:

Date

Grant

2000-01

A total of £31,826 to two organisations under the European Refugee Fund (ERF) Scheme (the scheme is administered by the Home Office, and funding is provided by the European Commission)

2002

A total of £41,869 to two organisations under the ERF Scheme

A total of £22,500 to six Somali groups: grants were paid from the Home Office Refugee Community Development Fund

2003

A total of £35,752 to two Somali organisations: grants were paid from the Home Office Refugee Integration Challenge Fund.

A total of £69,164 to 15 Somali groups, from the Refugee Community Development Fund

A total of £7,520 to two Somali groups: grants were paid from the Home Office Purposeful Activities for Asylum Seekers Fund (the Fund supports constructive activities by asylum seekers while they await decisions on their asylum applications)

2004

£50,000 to one Somali organisation, from the Refugee Integration Challenge Fund

A total of £16,013 to four Somali groups, from the Refugee Community Development Fund

2005-06

£30,150 to one Somali organisation, from the Refugee Integration Challenge Fund

A total of £38,416 to eight Somali groups, from the Refugee Community Development Fund

£30,000 to one Somali organisation: the grant was paid by the Home Office Communities Group

A total of £7,500 to two Somali organisations: the grants were paid from the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund, a government fund overseen by the Home Office Communities Group

2006-07

A total of £132,074 is to be provided to four Somali organisations from the Refugee Integration Challenge Fund, and a total of £26,000 to two Somali groups from the Purposeful Activities for Asylum Seekers Fund.