County Palatine

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 6th February 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley 11:30 am, 6th February 2008

How much in the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster's fund is available for distribution to good causes in the County Palatine.

Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Minister (Cabinet Office) and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

For 2008, the Duchy of Lancaster benevolent fund has budgeted to distribute £375,000 to good causes, up from £345,000 last year, of which £290,000 will be allocated to the County Palatine and the balance to other geographical areas where the duchy has links.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

One of the more delightful responsibilities that the Chancellor of the Duchy of the Lancaster has is for that fund. It does a lot of good work, particularly for smaller organisations and charities, and for MPs who represent the County Palatine. Can he ensure that it receives more publicity, so that more organisations are able to benefit from the funds available?

Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Minister (Cabinet Office) and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question and for advance notice of it. I have talked to the chief executive of the duchy and we will work on ensuring that there is widespread publicity about the money available. Small organisations can bid for that money, and it is important that all those who can benefit know about it.