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Charities: Public Expenditure

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much Government funding was allocated to third sector organisations for the delivery of public services in (a) education and (b) health in each year since 2005. (138508)

For 2005 and later years, no figures are currently available. Figures for 2004-05 are currently being compiled on expenditure by central Government Departments allocated to the third sector for the delivery of public services. These figures will be made available later this year.

Figures for 2003-04 indicate that in education, spending allocated to the third sector for the delivery of education services by central Government Departments amounted to £221 million and that allocated by local government amounted to £1,454 million.

Figures for 2003-04 indicate that spending on health-related activity in the third sector by central Government Departments amounted to £26 million. These figures do not include spending by the national health service. A separate estimate, produced externally for the Department of Health, suggested that in 2004-05 third sector organisations in England received around £1.1 billion from the NHS, including through trusts and PCTs, for the delivery of health care services.