The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1994Prime Minister (1990-1997)

PMQT Written Answers – 13 April 1994

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 13th April 1994.



Child Migrants

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Prime Minister if he will now meet representatives of the Child Migrant Trust to discuss the British child migrants scheme and Government policy towards former child migrants.

The Prime Minister : The Government’s policy towards former child migrants was debated in the Adjournment debate initiated by the hon. Member on 22 November 1993, Official Report, columns 301-8.

Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Prime Minister which Government Departments hold personal files relating to individual child migrants and their families.

The Prime Minister : The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis), gave details of the policy files held by the Department of Health and the Public Record Office in the Adjournment debate on 22 November 1993, Official Report, columns 305-6. No Government Department holds personal files relating to individual child migrants and their families.


Voluntary Bodies

Sir Jim Spicer : To ask the Prime Minister what was the total amount paid in grants by central Government Departments to voluntary bodies in the financial year 1992-93; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : Central Government funding of voluntary organisations in 1992-93 amounted to £3,925 million. Of this, £3,362 million was payments to housing associations and £563 million went directly to voluntary organisations to support the provision of services and a wide range of activities and projects. The latter figure shows that Government funding of the voluntary sector increased in cash terms by 15 per cent. and in real terms by 11 per cent. over the level of provision in 1991-92–£490 million. Between 1979-80 and 1992-93, the level of Government support for voluntary bodies has risen by 172 per cent. in real terms.

The amount spent under individual departmental programmes in 1992-93 was as follows :


Agriculture, Fisheries and Food |209,248

Defence |16,555,426

Education |7,337,719


Direct grants |35,452,818

Equal Opportunities Commission |22,000

Environment (including Energy Efficiency Office)

Direct grants |25,542,597

Urban programme |51,700,000

Housing corporations |2,862,000,000

Countryside Commission |1,242,000

English Nature |621,000

Rural Development Commission |4,595,000

Derelict land grant |317,000

Foreign and Commonwealth Office |2,697,820

Overseas Development Administration |147,426,026


Direct grants |52,138,716

Health Education Authority |2,450,755

Home Office

Direct grants |50,596,492

Commission for Racial Equality |702,539

National Heritage

Direct grants |566,808

Sports Council |14,535,000

Northern Ireland Office

Direct grants |18,455,323

Housing associations and societies |57,404,589

Sports Council for Northern Ireland |658,037

Youth Council for Northern Ireland 1,357,803

Scottish Office

Direct grants |25,674,985

Urban programme |46,618,000

Housing associations |260,000,000

Scottish National Heritage |1,360,000

Highland and Islands Enterprise |1,000,000

Sports Council for Scotland |1,527,694

Social Security |14,094,810

Trade and Industry |13,303,996

Transport |509,615

Welsh Office

Direct grants |12,007,481

Urban programme |5,110,000

Joint finance |274,535

Development Board for Rural Wales |470,510

Housing for Wales (Tai Cymru) – grants to housing associations |182,323,223

Sports Council for Wales and Play Wales Management Committee

Grand Total |3,924,946,565

I am placing in the Library of the House a list of voluntary bodies funded by the Government in 1992-93, other than those funded under housing programmes and the urban programme or via non-departmental public bodies.


Ex-service Men

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Prime Minister what consultations he has had with ex-service men’s organisations regarding the proposed participation of former axis powers ex-service men’s representatives at the 1995 50th anniversary commemorations of the ending of world war II or Remembrance day parades; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister [holding answer 31 March 1994] : The commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the end of world war II will include a service in St. Paul’s cathedral, a parade in central London, a lunch or dinner for visiting Heads of State and a number of other events throughout the country. Peace and reconciliation will feature strongly in themes for these events.

The Ministry of Defence is leading the planning for the Government, but, at this early stage, no decision on the nature of the parade has been taken. The Ministry of Defence will consult a variety of appropriate organisations, including veterans’ associations in the United Kingdom, over the content of the commemorations before final decisions are taken.

There are, however, no plans for veterans’ representatives from former axis powers to take part.