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Youth Football

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the change in financial support to funding youth football teams in Shropshire will be for the next season. [115029]

The Government invest substantially in the development of youth football through the Football Foundation. The Foundation makes substantial contributions to the funding of football in Shropshire. Over £1 million has been spent on grass-roots development and community and education initiatives in 2002–03. This includes an approved grant of £62,000 for a football development scheme run by Telford and Wrekin Council. In 2003–04, three grass-root development applications totalling approximately £300,000 have been received so far for good causes in the county. These are currently being considered.

government financial support for museums and galleries (a) in London and (b) in the rest of England, in each year from 1996–97; and if she will make a statement. [99845]

An estimate of financial support to be provided by Government for museums and galleries in London and the rest of England is listed in the table. The distribution of funding reflects the fact that the larger national museums are based in London.Further government support for museums and many other services is channelled through the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services block, and is not separately identified. Individual authorities decide what to spend on local museums, from 1996–97 to 2001–02 they spent over £80 million on local museums m London and almost £800 million on local museums in the rest of England. Museums and galleries also receive some funding from the EC budget through the Structural Funds.