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Sports: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) the Government and (b) the Big Lottery Fund spent on elite sport, including facilities and major events, in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be spent in each of the next five years. (129088)

UK Sport is the Government's lead agency for elite sport in the UK and a lottery distributor. The table provides details of the level of Government and national lottery funding to UK Sport over the last five years.

£

Exchequer funding

Lottery funding

Total

2002-03

5,100,000

22,100,000

27,200,000

2003-04

11,500,000

17,700,000

29,200,000

2004-05

16,400,000

14,300,000

30,700,000

2005-06

16,300,000

15,700,000

32,000,000

2006-07

35,400,000

40,500,000

75,900,000

Over the next five years UK Sport plans to invest approximately £508.6 million of Exchequer and lottery money in elite sport.

Sport England provides some funding for English non-Olympic sports at elite level and, prior to April 2006, also provided elite funding to English Olympic sports. This funding was wholly from the lottery and was made via Sport England's world class programmes. This ran between1997 and 2005 and a total of £236,679,512 was provided over this period.

Since 1 April 2005, Sport England's investment in national governing bodies (NGBs) has been made via whole sport or one stop plans. Between 2005 and 2009 Sport England estimates that £59 million will be distributed to support elite sport

On 9 March Sport England launched its proposals for NGB investment between 2009 and 2013. This will determine future funding for non-Olympic elite sports.

The plan is to have funding agreements in place by March 2008.

Figures from Sport England show that the following capital amounts have been spent to build or refurbish elite sports facilities (defined for this purpose as the English institutes of sport and the national sports centres) over the period 02-03 to 06-07:

£

Exchequer funding

Lottery funding

Total

2002-03

0

24,792,379

24,792,379

2003-04

100,000

3,525,565

3,625,565

2004-05

391,000

49,833,172

50,224,172

2005-06

1,117,000

0

1,117,000

2006-07

624,000

0

624,000

In addition, DCMS, Sport England and the London Development Agency have contributed £161 million (£120 million Lottery and £41 million Exchequer) towards the cost of the Wembley Stadium project which opened its doors for the first time on 17 March 2007; and Sport England and DCMS have contributed £11 million towards the cost of the Lee Valley athletics centre (£7 million lottery and £4 million Exchequer) which opened formally in January 2007.

Sport England anticipates spending an additional £3 million in the period up to 2007-08 on the national sports centres.

Funding on elite sports facilities beyond 2007-08 will be subject to the outcomes of the comprehensive spending review.

UK Sport distributes lottery funding each year, through the world class events programme, to support NGBs’ bidding and staging costs for major sporting events. Between 2002 and 2006 UK Sport invested £1.6 million a year in this programme. From 2007 it will be investing £3.3 million a year.

The big lottery fund money has not allocated any funding to support elite sport.