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Sports: Grants

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from (a) the Big Lottery Fund and (b) other lottery distributors, including sports councils, was spent on grassroots sport and other schemes which promote physical activity among adults in each of the last five years. (134757)

Lottery money has always paid for a very wide range of projects from kit for local teams to investments in major stadia and sports halls. There is no accepted definition of what constitutes “grass roots” investment or otherwise in this range.

However total Lottery funds spent by the Big Lottery Fund and the Sports Councils on sport (excluding UK Sport which has a clear high performance remit) in each of the last five years is as follows:

£ million

Lottery funding

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Grand total

Big Lottery Fund

4,801,339

31,618,846

84,993,116

250,237,156

1222,581,300

1594,231,757

Sport England

307,958,000

237,400,000

170,700,000

202,100,000

121,400,000

1,039,558,000

Sports Council for Wales

20,632,200

20,769,763

18,888,000

12,662,000

10,649,000

83,600,963

Sport Scotland

17,395,792

33,565,723

28,977,187

23,524,041

21,897,783

125,360,526

Sports Council Northern Ireland

5,665,747

3,904,620

5,939,011

6,651,167

7,975,994

30,136,539

Total

356,453,078

327,258,952

309,497,314

495,174,364

384,504,077

1,872.887,785

1Figures from the Big Lottery Fund were only available to 28 February 2007 because of technical problems with accessing the month of March 2007 data.

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest pound.

Figures shown are ‘drawdown’ which most accurately represents spend on sport in that year. Figures for ‘Income’ (to distributors from the NLDF) or ‘awards’ (made to projects in that year) would give a slightly different picture as, for example, cash would not always flow against awards in that same year.

Figures for Sports Councils include contributions to Awards for All.

BLF figures include:

New Opportunities for PE and Sport (NOPES)

Community Sport Initiative (from 2004-05)—A UK wide initiative tailored for each country, for example, in England the Active England programme is a joint initiative with Sport England. Big Lottery Fund contributed £77.5 million and Sport England contributed £31 million.

School Sports Co-ordinators funding (from 2003-04)

Big Lottery Fund figures do not include Awards for All or other Lottery programmes which may have funded sport or physical activity indirectly.