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Sports: Finance

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department allocated to (a) community and (b) school sport in each year since 1990. (164311)

DCMS does not directly fund community or school sport, but makes an annual grant in aid allocation to Sport England which then funds school and community projects.

It is not possible to provide the requested information back to 1990 because:

The National School Sports Strategy was launched in 2003; and

Sport England changed its budget management software at the start of 2001-02 and it does not have information before that date readily available.

A breakdown of awards made in the requested categories is as follows:

(a) Community Sport

Exchequer (£ million)

2001

8.2

2002

9.3

2003

8.0

2004

12.1

2005

30.1

2006

33.6

2007

36.1

Total

137.4

Lottery (£ million)

2001

139.3

2002

172.3

2003

136.5

2004

111.4

2005

103.3

2006

86.8

2007

99.7

Total

849.3

(b) School Sport

Exchequer (£ million)

2003

27.0

2004

38.0

2005

45.0

2006

44.8

2007

44.8

Total

199.6

It should be noted that following the Prime Minister's announcement in July of an extra £100 million for school sport, from 2008 we can begin to offer all children in England aged five to 16 five hours of sport per week, and three hours for young people aged 16 to 19.