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Schools: Sports

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms he has put in place for the delivery of high quality sporting facilities for school and community use through the Building Schools for the Future programme. (205879)

The Government are committed to improving the quality of PE and sport in all schools, using Building Schools for the Future (BSF) as a vehicle. In their BSF Strategy for Change submission, all local authorities must establish a PE and Sport stakeholder group. This group should have representation from Sport England, County Sports Partnerships, and school sports partnerships to raise the profile of sport within the programme and develop facilities within their area. In addition, Partnerships for Schools, Sport England and the Youth Sports Trust fund “Sports Advisers” to help develop community-use facilities. These Sports Advisers work with the local authority sports stakeholder groups to develop a vision, and support the stakeholder groups to work with schools to achieve it. These advisers also work with Sport England to ensure sports governing bodies can contribute to the developing BSF strategy. The Department also publishes a guide titled “Inspirational Design for PE and Sport Spaces” for all local authorities, to assist in developing their BSF Strategy for Change.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on community use of school sporting facilities and VAT restrictions; and if he will make a statement. (205880)

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families has had no discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about community use of school sporting facilities and VAT restrictions.

Officials in this Department and in the Treasury have had, and will continue to have discussions on this issue, as necessary.