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Youth Development (Football)

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Government will contribute its grant to The Football League's Youth Development Programme. [109781]

The Government have committed £6 million to the Football League's Youth Development Scheme for the seasons 2002–03 to 2005–06. The Government are working towards including this £6 million in a wider funding package for sport and the arts, which I expect will be finalised before the beginning of the next football season. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made this clear to the Chairman of the Football League when she met him on 20 March.