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Sport England

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to develop the regionalisation of Sport England. [108108]

As a result of the recommendations in the joint DCMS/Strategy Unit Report—Game Plan—and a Quinquennial Review, Sport England is undergoing a modernisation and restructuring programme which will turn it into a more strategic and customer focussed body. The programme will involve the devolution of more responsibility for funding decisions on community sports projects to its regional offices. These offices, in conjunction with reconstituted regional sports boards which will be sub-committees of Sport England, will prepare regional sports strategies reflecting national sports priorities in consultation with all interested organisations and agencies in the region. The regional strategies will inform funding decisions in the region.