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Edinburgh Castle Great Hall: Fund-Raising Events

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many applications were received during the course of 1998 from charities requesting the use of the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle to hold a fund-raising charity event. [HL3111]

Since 1 January 1998 requests have been received from five charities seeking approval to use the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle. Two of these applications relate to this financial year and three relate to 1999–2000.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will publish in the

Official Report a list of the charities granted the use of the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle to hold a fund-raising event; together with the dates of the events. [HL3112]

The information requested is provided in the following table:

OrganisationDate of function
Shelter3 March 1997
Riding for the Disabled10 October 1997
Leukaemia and Cancer Children's Fund17 October 1997
Edinburgh International Festival6 November 1997
Barnardo's27 November 1997
British Heart Foundation28 November 1997
Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals15 May 1998
Leonard Cheshire FoundationDate to be arranged
Carers National AssociationDate to be arranged
The Royal Blind Asylum and SchoolDate to be arranged
Cancer Research Campaign, ScotlandDate to be arranged
Marie Curie Cancer CareDate to be arranged

asked Her Majesty's Government:On what date each successful applicant for the use of the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle submitted its application to hold a fund-raising event for charity; and on what date they were advised that their application had been granted. [HL3113]

The information requested is provided in the following table:

OrganisationDate of applicationDate of approval
Shelter18 November 19966 February 1997
Riding for the Disabled3 December 199617 March 1997
Leukaemia and Cancer Children's Fund27 January 199717 March 1997
Edinburgh International Festival13 January 199721 March 1997
Barnardo's26 February 199717 March 1997
British Heart Foundation2 December 199617 March 1997
Leonard Cheshire20 December 199617 March 1997
The Royal Blind Asylum and School11 March 199717 March 1997
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals16 December 199617 March 1997
Cancer Research Campaign, Scotland19 January 199717 March 1997
Carers National Association3 April 199722 July 1998
Marie Curie Cancer Care8 May 199822 July 1998

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will publish in the

Official Report a list of organisations whose application to have the use of the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle to hold a fund-raising event for charity was refused. [HL3114]

Those organisations which made an application which on that occasion was unsuccessful are:

  • YMCA Scotland
  • The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals
  • Birdlife International
  • Strathallan School
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
  • Tenovus Scotland
  • National Art Collection Fund
  • Brahmar Kumaris
  • Scottish Adoption Association
  • St. Columba's Hospice
  • National Meningitis Fund
  • Children in Scotland
  • Edinburgh Sick Children's NHS Trust

asked Her Majesty's Government:On what date each unsuccessful applicant for the use of the Great hall of Edinburgh Castle submitted its application to hold a fund-raising event for charity; and on what date they were advised that their application had been refused. [HL3115]

The information requested is provided in the following table:

OrganisationDate of applicationDate of refusal
YMCA Scotland14 January 199714 March 1997
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals23 January 199714 March 1997
Birdlife International4 February 199714 March 1997
Strathallan School21 February 199717 March 1997
Marie Curie Cancer Care27 February 199717 March 1997
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society28 February 199725 March 1997
Tenovus Scotland5 May 199722 July 1998
National Art Collection29 July 199722 July 1998
Brahmar Kumaras14 September 199722 July 1998
Scottish Adoption Society31 October 199722 July 1998
St. Columba's Hospice6 November 199722 July 1998
National Meningitis Fund18 November 199722 July 1998
Children in Scotland28 November 199722 July 1998
Edinburgh Sick Childrens NHS Trust25 May 199822 July 1998

asked Her Majesty's Government:What criterion is applied in deciding which organisations should be granted the use of the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle to hold a fund-raising event for charity and which others should be refused. [HL3116]

When the scheme was introduced by my right honourable friend's predecessor in the autumn of 1996 it was made clear that the number of events would be restricted to six per year and that it would be limited to registered charities. The purpose of the scheme is to enable national charities to hold evening events in the prestigious setting of Edinburgh Castle. The events may be to mark some noteworthy anniversary or achievement and should be in keeping with the historical importance and dignity of the castle. Demand has been heavy and very difficult choices have therefore had to be made. In making decisions on applications, the aim has been to achieve a balance across the broad range of national charitable activity in Scotland. There are inevitably a number of organisations which do worthwhile and much needed work which have been unsuccessful and I recognise that they will be disappointed.