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Sports: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what analysis he has made of the elite sports which field teams to represent Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland which receive no funds from UK Sport. (226822)

I have not made any analysis of the elite sports which field teams to represent Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Sport is a devolved matter, and the Devolved Administrations are responsible for analysis of the respective national teams.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent from the public purse per head on sport in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas in 2007-08. (227991)

My Department does not draw a distinction between urban and rural areas. Detail on lottery grants is held on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport lottery grants database by constituency and local authority. An award may be sent to an address in an urban area for use in a rural area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of expenditure on sport which was funded by (a) public money, (b) sponsorship and (c) other sources in 2007-08 . (227992)

The expenditure on sport in the tax year 2007-08 which was funded by public money (lottery and Exchequer funding) is as follows:

The amount drawn down by the lottery sport distributors, consisting of Sport England, Sports Council Wales, Sport Scotland, Sports Northern Ireland and UK Sport according to the un-audited national lottery distribution fund’s annual accounts in 2007-08 was £216.111 million.

The amount drawn down by the Olympic lottery distributor from the Olympic lottery distribution fund in 2007-08 was £198.846 million. Again, this is an un-audited figure. In addition, some grants made by the Big Lottery Fund may have benefited groups related to sport.

The amount of Exchequer funding was £193.9 million.

My Department does not hold records of the expenditure on sport from either sponsorship or other sources. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.