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1993 - PMQT Written Answers 17th June 1993

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 17th June 1993.


UN Commission on Sustainable Development

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 7 June, Official Report, column 13, if he will list the organisations or individuals to whom the United Kingdom report to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development has been or will be distributed.

The Prime Minister : Copies of the progress report have been sent to the commission's secretariat and copies are available for delegates attending the commission's meeting this week and next in New York. Copies were also made available to delegates who attended an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development meeting in Paris last week.


Mr. Caborn : To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to meet the President of Colombia.

The Prime Minister : I look forward to meeting President Gaviria again during his planned visit to this country from 26 to 30 July

Voluntary Bodies (Grants)

Mr. Moss : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the total amount paid in grants by central Government Departments to voluntary bodies during the financial year 1991-92; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : Central Government funding to voluntary organisations in 1991-92 amounted to £3,387 million. Of this, £2,897 million consisted of payments to voluntary housing associations and £490 million went directly to a variety of voluntary organisations to support provision of services and a wide range of activities and projects.

The amount spent under individual departmental programmes was as follows :

Voluntary bodies                                               |£                               


Agriculture, Fisheries and Food                                |178,486                         

Defence                                                        |11,038,930                      

Education and Science                                          |5,503,286                       

Sports Council                                               |14,255,000                      

Employment                                                     |32,693,716                      

Environment (including Energy Efficiency Office)                                                

Direct grants                                                |24,854,376                      

Urban programme                                              |54,400,000                      

Housing corporation                                          |2,459,327,000                   

Countryside Commission                                       |1,115,000                       

English Nature                                               |1,057,000                       

Rural Development Commission                                 |5,554,000                       

UK 2000 initiative                                           |508,000                         

Derelict Land Grant                                          |857,000                         

Foreign and Commonwealth Office                                |1,717,114                       

Overseas Development Administration                            |123,657,933                     


Direct grants                                                |43,010,863                      

Health Education Authority                                   |1,263,546                       

Home Office                                                                                     

Direct grants                                                |40,124,942                      

Equal Opportunities Commission                               |20,000                          

Commission for Racial Equality                               |773,740                         

Northern Ireland Office                                                                         

Direct grants                                                |14,586,795                      

Housing associations and societies                           |40,538,706                      

Sports Council for Northern Ireland                          |657,954                         

Scottish Office                                                                                 

Direct grants                                                |20,722,515                      

Urban programme                                              |41,932,000                      

Housing Associations                                         |234,000,000                     

Scottish Natural Heritage                                    |1,660,000                       

Highland and Islands Enterprise                              |1,200,000                       

Sports Council for Scotland                                  |1,510,621                       

Social Security                                                |16,303,257                      

Trade and Industry                                             |12,472,500                      

Transport                                                      |532,017                         

Welsh Office                                                                                    

Direct grants                                                |10,431,725                      

Urban programme                                              |2,957,865                       

Joint Finance/Care in the community                          |224,455                         

Development Board for Rural Wales                            |423,000                         

Housing for Wales (Tai Cymru)-grants to housing associations |163,690,067                     

Sports Council for Wales and Play Wales Management Committee |1,435,988                       

Grand Total                                                    |3,387,209,397                   

I am placing in the Library of the House a list of voluntary bodies funded by the Government in 1991-92 other than those funded under housing programmes and the urban programme or via non-departmental public bodies.


Mr. Harry Greenway : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 17 June.

Sir Peter Tapsell : To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 17 June.

The Prime Minister : This morning, I presided at a meeting of the Cabinet and had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in the House, I shall be having further meetings later today.

Teaching Company

Dr. Moonie : To ask the Prime Minister to which Cabinet Minister the Teaching Company management committee reports.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 June 1993] : The Teaching Company management committee is a sub-committee of the Science and Engineering Research Council--SERC--and, therefore, formally reports to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. However, the terms of reference of this committee require it, inter alia, to report to the engineering board of SERC and to the Department of Trade and Industry, as well as to other funding bodies, and to advise SERC's engineering board, the DTI and others on the development of the scheme.