§ Mr. Truswell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department received an application for funding from Mediation UK; what evaluation he has made of it; and what action he proposes to take. 
§ Mr. Boateng
An application for funding by Mediation UK was received by the Home Office in September 1998 and was duly considered. It was concluded that, when compared with some 70 competing bids, a sufficient case 663W had not been made for support. The Director of Mediation was informed of the decision last month. A number of right hon. and hon. Members have since made representations to the Home Office. These will be considered and taken into account. I have agreed to meet the Director of Mediation UK to discuss future funding.