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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

7. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make it his policy to introduce annual headquarter grants to non-governmental organisations which fall within his Department’s area of responsibility. (257854)

Government support for the sector has never been stronger, which is why we have committed £60 million to support strategic partnerships with third sector organisations. Over 5 years from 2006-11 we will provide core funding to a range of national and regional organisations. This type of grant funding offers real financial stability to our strategic partners, whilst enabling the views of the sector on the development of Government policy to be heard.