The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1993Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 17 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.