§ Mrs. Chalker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used in determining the allocation of grants to voluntary bodies.
§ Mr. Ennals
Each request from a voluntary body for financial assistance is considered on its merits. Since circumstances vary, there are no universal criteria which would be applicably in all cases, but among factors taken into account are the following:
- (i) the nature and purpose of the organisation's activities and their relevance to the United Kingdoms international interests;
- (ii) its income from non-governmental sources;
- (iii) its relative priority among other applicants for Foreign and Commonwealth Office support.