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Pay Audits

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in her Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration for (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) people with disabilities; and if she will publish the results of such an audit. [117442]

DCMS completed its pay audit in July 2002. This found that there was currently no significant difference between average salaries of males and females. But the review recommended action to shorten paybands and conduct a further study of data by ethnicity, disability and working pattern.The Royal Parks Agency has completed an initial review, and plans to discuss the outcome with its Trade Union Side, in meetings on pay in the near future. No particular pay issues have been identified for the groups mentioned.

£000
Year11998–9911999–200012000–0112001–0222002–03
Sport49,36051,59352,57163,898112,100
Space for Sports and Arts1357950,460
1 Outturn
1 Plans
In addition to this the Department for Education and Skills has been investing the following resources into specialist sports colleges:
£000
Year11998–9911999–200012000–0112001–0222002–03
Specialist Sports Colleges3,6844,8229,52714,64123,500
1 Outturn
2 Plans
Sport also receives significant funding from Central Government mainly through local government block grant, as noted in 'Game Plan: a strategy for delivering the Government's sport and physical activity objectives', a joint Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Strategy Unit Report published in December 2002, page 33. This spending is not centrally recorded on a consistent basis, but 'Game Plan' suggested that in 1999–2000 £1,015 million was spent on sport and physical activity by local government as part of their block grant.