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Sporting Facilities

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures are in place to identify (a) existing sporting facilities and (b) need by locality in the UK; and if she will make a statement. [122831]

The Development of community sports facilities is a key element in achieving the Government's objectives on health and increased participation in physical activity. DCMS recognises the need to identify existing sporting facilities in the UK and the demand for those facilities in each locality.To facilitate this, the Government are in the process of establishing a database of sports facilities. The database will assist local authorities in planning for the future needs of their communities in terms of sport and leisure provision and will help to target and inform the substantial investment the Government are making in sport and recreation facilities.Sport England is currently putting the project out to tender.