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Play: Finance

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards his Department's target of providing £200 million towards Children's Play; and if he will make a statement. (155293)

My Department has not set a target of providing £200 million towards children's play. However, as part of our response to ‘Getting Serious About Play’, the review of children's play undertaken by Frank Dobson in 2004, Tessa Jowell, the then Secretary of State, stated that she expected £200 million to be provided for children's play through lottery funding by 2012.

That expectation is being met in England through the Big Lottery Fund £155 million play initiative.