HC Deb 01 April 1998 vol 309 cc515-6W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his answer of 26 February 1998,Official Report, column 322, what were (a) the level of membership of each of the shooting organisations listed and (b) the level of public funding in each of the last three years; and what is the projected funding for the next three years. [33543]

Mr. Banks

The relevant governing body for England is the English Shooting Council (ESC) whose approximate 1997 membership stands at 18,000 and consists of 4 member organisations: the English Pistol Association; English XX(2) Club; the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association; and the English Small Bore Shooting Union.

The UK-wide body is the Great Britain Target Shooting Federation (GBTSF), whose approximate 1997 membership is broken down as follows:

Clubs Members
National Pistol Association 500 100,000
National Rifle Association 1,000 57,000
British International Clay Target Shooting Federation 700 28,000
National Small Bore Rifle Association 18,000 296,000

The level of grant to each organisation is as follows:

English Shooting Council GB Target Shooting Federation
1995–96 11,000 240,785
1996–97 10,000 330,215
1997–98 18,000 288,120
1998–99 6,500 1239,370
1999–002 16,500 not yet available
2000–012 4,500 not yet available
1 Planning figure subject to further discussion with the Federation.
2 No firm projections can be made beyond 1998–99. The level of funding is subject to review.