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Sport England: Public Participation

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) individuals and (b) organisations responded to Sport England’s consultation on distribution of Lottery funding; which responded (i) positively and (ii) negatively; and if he will make a statement. (241668)

Sport England has advised that it recently published the results of a public consultation into the way it distributes around £45 million a year of National Lottery funding. 536 individuals and organisations took part in the consultation and more than 90 per cent. of them responded positively to the plans.

Sport England advised that they cannot identify the respondents by name without compromising anonymity. Respondents agreed for personal information to be used as part of the analysis of findings only. However, Sport England can provide information on the mix of respondent types.

Community and voluntary organisations (including community sports clubs) comprised the largest proportion of respondents (31 per cent.) followed by local authorities (18 per cent.). Private sector organisations constituted 8 per cent. of respondents and NGBs 7 per cent. This constitutes 33 per cent. of all National Governing Bodies who have applied for Whole Sport Plan Funding over the period 2009-13.

91 per cent. of respondents believed that the Sport England funding proposals were likely to meet the needs of organisations involved in community sport.

6 per cent. of respondents did not believe that the Sport England funding proposals were likely to meet the needs of organisations involved in community sport.