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Regional Sports Boards

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 661W, on regional sports boards, what the role of Sport England's regional offices is expected to be; how much he has allocated to them for each of the next three years; and how much will it cost to run them. (212978)

Sport England will continue to maintain a strong regional presence through a network of nine area offices. The regional work will be more narrowly focused on:

Managing relationships, advocacy and influencing at a local level to maintain the existing investment for community sport from the various local stakeholders;

Sport England's statutory and non statutory planning functions;

Taking an overview of sports facility provision within each area; and

Managing the allocation of the remaining Community Investment Funds.

The organisational structure which will deliver the Sport England 2008-11 strategy is being finalised and will be announced shortly. This will determine operating costs at a regional and national level. I have therefore asked Sport England to write to the hon. Member once the structure has been announced and budgets decided. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.