PMQT Written Answers - 22nd March 1991
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1991 - PMQT Written Answers 22nd March 1991

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 22nd March 1991.


Voluntary Bodies

Mr. Paice : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the total amount paid in grants by Government Departments to voluntary bodies during the financial year 1989-90; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : Government funding to voluntary organisations in 1989-90 amounted to £2.36 billion. Of this, £1,681 million was payments to housing associations; £204 million was payments under major employment and training schemes; £373 million went to support provision of services and a wide range of activities and projects by a variety of voluntary organisations. The amount spent under individual departmental programmes is as follows :


Agriculture, Fisheries and Food                        


Education and Science                                  


  Youth training scheme                                

  Employment training                                  

  Other programmes                                     



  Direct grants                                        

  Urban programme                                      

  Housing corporation                                  

  Countryside Commission                               

  Nature Conservancy Council                           

  Rural Development Commission                         

  Sports Council                                       

  UK 2000 project grant fund                           

Foreign and Commonwealth Office                        

Overseas Development Administration                    


  Direct grants                                        

  Health Education Authority                           

Home Office                                            

  Direct grants                                        

  Equal Opportunities Commission                       

  Commission for Racial Equality                       

Lord Chancellor's Department                           

Northern Ireland Office                                

  Direct grants                                        

  Housing associations and societies                   

 Economic Development Grants:                          

  Action for community employment                      

  Community workshops                                  

  Community volunteer schemes                          

  Youth Community project                              

  Youth Help                                           

  Sports Council for Northern Ireland                  

Scottish Office                                        

  Direct grants                                        

  Urban programme                                      

  Housing associations                                 

  Countryside Commission for Scotland                  

  Highlands and Island Development Board               

  Sports Council for Scotland                          

Social Security                                        

Trade and Industry                                     


Welsh Office                                           

  Direct grants                                        

  Urban programme                                      

  Joint Finance/Care in the Community                  

  Housing associations and societies                   

  Development Board for Rural Wales                    

  Sports Council for Wales                             

Grand total                                            

Excluding payments under major employment and training schemes and to housing association and societies funding has increased in cash terms by 8.3 per cent. over the level of provision in 1988-89. In the period between 1979-80 and 1989-90 the level of this Government's support for voluntary bodies has risen by 114 per cent. in real terms.

I am placing in the Library of the House a list of voluntary bodies funded by Government in 1989-90, other than those funded under the youth training scheme and employment training, housing programmes and the urban programme or via non-departmental public bodies.

Security Commissioner (Report)

Mr. Hannam : To ask the Prime Minister when the Commissioner appointed under the Security Service Act 1989 will present his first annual report; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : A copy of Lord Justice Stuart-Smith's first annual report, for 1990, has been laid before the House today in accordance with section 4(6) of the Security Service Act 1989. The confidential appendix to the report has been excluded from that copy in accordance with section 4(7) of the 1989 Act. I am grateful to the commissioner for his work in reviewing the issue of warrants and note that he is satisfied that the Secretaries of State have properly exercised their powers under the Act.

Troops (Homecoming)

Mr. Mates : To ask the Prime Minister how the Government intend (a) to mark the safe homecoming of British troops who contributed to the liberation of Kuwait, (b) to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in that cause and (c) to honour those who gave gallant and meritorious service.

The Prime Minister : A service of remembrance and thanksgiving will be held in Glasgow cathedral in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen on Saturday 4 May.

The Lord Mayor and the Corporation of London will host a reception at Guildhall on Friday 21 June for members of British forces. It will be preceded by a march through the City at which Her Majesty the Queen will take the salute.

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the award of a Gulf medal for those who served in the region. She has also agreed that there should be a Gulf honours list, to be published at the end of June, for those who displayed gallantry and gave meritorious service.